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Editorial Musings with Basil Ramsey

Do we understand 'normality'?

Yet another year speeds to its close, and Easter will then be the day after tomorrow. The illusion of time moving faster than ever is clearly linked to acceptance of the pressures which we increasingly endure in a world obsessed with speed and output. Heaven knows why we accept them as 'normal'. Normality is something we often invent in the conviction that it is obligatory. Rubbish.

Our daily magazine for music lovers is a modest attempt to publish something perceptive about aspects of Music that you may have given less thought to than expected. No pressure is applied to comply: you click the page onwards without further thought, or go elsewhere. At least this facility remains ready day and night, a 'service' that we may take for granted in the wake of this revolution in continuous accessibility that children are born to. They do not regard it as exceptional as we slightly-bemused adults born into a pre-computer age when thinking had marginally more relevance than now.

In its modest way, this daily contribution to musical understanding has now proved itself to the world of music in about 100 countries, and this astonishes us as it may astonish you. Those people anxious to decry the value of the computer in general enlightenment ought to consider such small miracles as entirely beneficial to the world at large.

You are ever welcome to suggest aspects of the vastness of Music awaiting attention for the average reader. The greater the mix of subjects the better our service to the community.

Copyright © 25 December 2004 Basil Ramsey, Yorkshire UK


The Editor and staff of Music & Vision would like to thank all those who have helped us to publish the magazine during 2004. Some of these people and organisations are listed below:

Arne Winkler      Fibonacci Sequence      Ralph Kulling      Tanglewood Festival      Kate Manning      Enid Luff      Rex Harley      Emma Dain      Yolanda Zumaeta      J Scheerder      Roderic Dunnett      Rebecca Davis      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      HNH International Ltd      Linda Litwack      Nikky Johnston      Jim Robson      John Credland      Martin Torp      Lisa Pring      Welsh National Opera      Buxton Festival      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Libra Records Ltd      Jeanne O'Keefe      Jennifer Paull      Eugenia Ames      Eugenia Papadimas      Malcolm Tattersall      Haenssler Classics      Anne Kirchbach      Robbie Jack      Gerard Schurmann      Medici Choir      Chris Grist      Simax Classics      Monica McCabe      Paul Pollei      T Linwood      Matthew O'Sullivan      Jo Carpenter      Helen Sims      Verlag Neue Musik      Vienna Modern Masters      Grant Smith      Alan Hedges      Susan Alcock      Axel Zeininger      Andrew Eccles      Kaysh Shinn      Laurence Lewis      London Sinfonietta      EMI Records Ltd      Opera Holland Park      Jonathan Sayles      Rai Trade      English Touring Opera      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Stu Rosner      Jane Cunning      The late Rev David Thompson      Lawrence Budmen      Bob Schneider      

Adriana Soaita      Burning River Brass      People Image      Bill Newman      Richard Black      George Georgakakos      Alice McVeigh      Carolyn Nott      Charlotte Ooi      John McCabe      ECM Records GmbH      Catriona Chatterley      David Lipp      Kronberg Academy      Mutable Music      Peter Dickinson      CPO      Wilfried Hösl      Medici Classics      Schott Archieve      Jason Starr      Disques du Solstice      Christina O'hart      A T Schaefer      Steve Zorc      Katja Brooijmans      Iain C Steel      Danielle Woerner      Paul Sarcich      Patric Standford      Piers Adams      Julia Ionides      Larry A Russell      Amy Rogers      Jeff Loughlin      DGB Records      Celeste Bacon      Apapaziz Productions      Lutz Sternstein      Real Sound srl      Howard Smith      Ashley Wass      Roger Mastroianni      TDK Mediactive      Peter Morgan      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Hypovereinsbank      Fonit Cetra      Martin Berkofsky      David Hughes      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Lady Barbirolli      David Stock      Shirley Bramich      Dan Locklair      Ana Papakhian      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Maria Nockin      Eric Klug      Virgin Classics      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Deutsche Grammophon      Isidor Records      

HLM Classics      Cecilia McDowall      Tania Pergamenschikow      George Vass      Chris Christodoulou      Sven Helbig      Circles International      Philip Crebbin      Paul Minotto      Fairbanks      Munich Philharmonic      Steve Sherman      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Cala Records Ltd      Chris Ford      Nonsuch Singers      John Bell Young      Gordon Rumson      Frances Godden      Karuna Records      Denis ApIvor      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Warner Classics      Tzadik      Barrie Rogers      Sally Burningham      OgreOgress Productions      Peter Jaggard      Richard Partridge      David Jones      Ivor Bramich      Sotone Historic Recordings      Adrien Cotta      Garden Opera      Brian Bumby      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Orchestrutopica      harmonia mundi      Graz Tourismus      BEL AIR Media      Harry Heleotis      Mike Leale      Geraldine Buchanan      Nick Prag      David Ellis      Janet Hales      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Borjan Canev      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Reinhardt Werner      David Bramhall      Rob Ramsey      Annette Wittkopf      Albany Records      Belinda Morgan      Colin Willoughby      Malcolm Miller      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      London Concertante      Paul Richardson      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Marc Ginot      

Rhea Kang      Todd Paris      Bampton Classical Opera      Stella Dickinson      Thomas Hampson      Clive Barda      University of Illinois Press      Manus Carey      Cristofori Foundation      Kim Stanford      Celia Ballantyne      Norton Paperback Fiction      Carson Cooman      Blue Pearl Records      Christine Strub      Wolfram Rieger      London Concord Singers      M N Robert      Lucille Phillips      Lindsay Lozon      Sue Johnson      Mark Bramich      Bettina Pauli      Micaela Pittaluga      Mitch Jenkins      David Wilkins      Amy Isard      Tess Crebbin      I Fagiolini      Vladislav Kovalsky      Wolfgang Schnabl      Peter Cooper      Mikael Winroth      Rita Brameld      David Angell      Alexander Hawley      Lucy Penwarden      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Harry Schiffer      Violetta Egorova      Megan Fenselau      Anja Ullrich      Dimo Dimov      Rika Lino      Divas Records      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Meikui Matsushima      Sara Henry      Oliver Oppitz      Daniel Rubinoff      Rolando Villazon      Tiberio Snaidero      American Composers Forum      Tall Poppies Records      Fabrizio Ferrari      Lynsey Docherty      Jens Rötzsch      Nicolas Bruant      Sissy von Kotzebue      G Thum      Dutton Laboratories      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Kornald Music      

Nathan J Silverman      Kelly Ferjutz      Video Arts International      David Stars      Decca Music Group Ltd      Jessica Gould      Green Room Productions      Stephanie Cowell      Laszlo Bodor      James Galway      Louise Ringrose      Rudolf Budja      Bayerische Staatsoper      Eric Mahoudeau      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Stephen Wright      Belinda Sykes      Colin Bramich      Sasha Gusov      William Copper      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Alastair Muir      Sybille Werner      Béla Mezey      Brana Records      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      J Henry Fair      Kristen Theriault      Eroica Classical Recordings      Viorel Anton      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Jenny Crossland      Wilfrid Mellers      Adrian Williams      Robert Anderson      Sherlock Fortuin      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Danjulo Ishizaka      Katarina Freiberger      Grace Lee      English Chamber Orchestra      Finlandia Records      Yuri Izawa      Daniel Burges      Eric Laeskogen      Holger Badekow      Klaus Rudolph      BIS Records AB      Greg Barns      Robert Hugill      Salzburg Festival      Neil Zaslaw      Marco Borggreve      Jayang Jung      Glyndebourne Opera      M L Hart      University of Alaska      Victoria Bragin      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Royal College of Music      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Nicki Marsh      

Bill Cooper      Bayer Records      Peter Howell      Risto Lauriala      Chipperfield Photography      Gernsbeck      Regine Koerner      Chika Takeuchi      Europamusicale      Aulos Musikado      Alistair Hinton      Jorge Colón      Ken Butcher      Claves Records      Alfred Frass      Barry Maufe      British Youth Opera      Longborough Festival Opera      Ostkreuz      Graham Williams      Eva Fampas      Alexan Zakyan      Erin Christman      Peter Wass      Royal Northern College of Music      Chesky Records Inc      Jo Ashwell      T V Sairam      Rebecca Schiffman      Sue Reiss      Shirley Ratcliffe      Chandos Records      Ron Bierman      Helen Gill      Alexandra Vosding      Abendzeitung München      Andreas Malkmus      Priory Records Ltd      Zimbel Press     Presteigne Festival      Jeffrey James      Volksoper Wien      Katarina Soderberg      Jill Kramer      Annie Burge      Gary Hickling      Dvora Lewis      ORF      Deux-Elles Ltd      Primrose Metcalf      Arena PAL      Keith Saunders      Bayerische Rundfunk      Brian Tarr      Emily Darrow      Tamami Honma      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Angelika Roessler      Mike Edwards      ASV Ltd      John Rusnak      Catherine Ashmore      

Finally we would like to wish all our readers the compliments of the season, and invite you to continue visit the magazine each day for something new and hopefully inspiring, each day during the holiday season and beyond.

You shall know the truth and 
the truth will set you free 
based on the Infinite.

Without the infinite we would
not be here to receive any of 
the gifts with which we are all
blessed. Until we are willing to 
open ourselves to the Spirit,
none of these gifts can flow.

In faith this is the simplest of 
things to do, but we have to
learn to sit quietly and let the
spirit channel through us.

I'm sure musicians and people 
who work with the arts realise
that the spirit is the guiding
force in all they do. When you
feel the Spirit this enables you
to seek and find the truth that
makes you free.

a friend


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