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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:

Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Danielle Woerner      James Galway      Howard Smith      Emma Dain      David Lipp      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      I Fagiolini      University of Illinois Press      Victoria Bragin      Bayerische Staatsoper      Stephanie Cowell      Graz Tourismus      Barrie Rogers      Annette Wittkopf      Shirley Bramich      Malcolm Tattersall      Alexander Hawley      Belinda Morgan      Peter Cooper      Primrose Metcalf      T Linwood      Peter Wass      Jo Carpenter      Burning River Brass      Monica McCabe      Jeanne O'Keefe      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Jane Cunning      Brana Records      Karuna Records      Barry Maufe      Greg Barns      Jonathan Sayles      Peter Jaggard      Axel Zeininger      Rebecca Davis      Steve Zorc      Risto Lauriala      Kaysh Shinn      Richard Partridge      Malcolm Miller      University of Alaska      Harry Heleotis      Tamami Honma      Vienna Modern Masters      Christine Strub      Susan Alcock      Béla Mezey      Steve Sherman      Rolando Villazon      Bob Schneider      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      David Stars      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Kate Manning      Viorel Anton      Laurence Lewis      Deutsche Grammophon      Clive Barda      John Rusnak      Linda Litwack      Carolyn Nott      

Rob Ramsey      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Shirley Ratcliffe      Jennifer Paull      Glyndebourne Opera      Martin Torp      Priory Records Ltd      Volksoper Wien      Sasha Gusov      Laszlo Bodor      Dimo Dimov      Chris Ford      Janet Hales      Catherine Ashmore      Ana Papakhian      Nicki Marsh      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Sally Burningham      Peter Howell      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Gary Hickling      Dan Locklair      Wilfrid Mellers      Tess Crebbin      Jens Rötzsch      Paul Sarcich      HNH International Ltd      Chris Christodoulou      Gordon Rumson      Peter Dickinson      Wolfram Rieger      Lady Barbirolli      Warner Classics      Bill Newman      Paul Pollei      George Vass      Haenssler Classics      T V Sairam      DGB Records      Eric Klug      Ralph Kulling      ORF      Rita Brameld      Catriona Chatterley      Richard Black      Regine Koerner      Alice McVeigh      Mike Leale      Sue Reiss      David Angell      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Garden Opera      Celia Ballantyne      Yolanda Zumaeta      Lutz Sternstein      People Image      Harry Schiffer      Micaela Pittaluga      Simax Classics      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Eric Laeskogen      EMI Records Ltd      Stu Rosner      

British Youth Opera      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      ECM Records GmbH      Deux-Elles Ltd      Violetta Egorova      G Thum      Adrian Williams      William Copper      Disques du Solstice      Eugenia Papadimas      Robert Hugill      Welsh National Opera      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      David Stock      Ron Bierman      Jo Ashwell      Munich Philharmonic      Aulos Musikado      Wolfgang Schnabl      Grant Smith      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Virgin Classics      Zimbel Press     Abendzeitung München      Rudolf Budja      English Touring Opera      Cristofori Foundation      Oliver Oppitz      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Mutable Music      Nonsuch Singers      Denis ApIvor      Lisa Pring      Libra Records Ltd      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Daniel Burges      David Hughes      Marc Ginot      Bayerische Rundfunk      Katarina Freiberger      Nathan J Silverman      Chipperfield Photography      Katja Brooijmans      Tiberio Snaidero      English Chamber Orchestra      Kronberg Academy      TDK Mediactive      Adrien Cotta      Amy Rogers      Fibonacci Sequence      Geraldine Buchanan      Patric Standford      Apapaziz Productions      Wilfried Hösl      Mikael Winroth      George Georgakakos      Matthew O'Sullivan      Anne Kirchbach      Chesky Records Inc      Sherlock Fortuin      Sue Johnson      Jim Robson      Isidor Records      

Alexan Zakyan      London Concord Singers      Fairbanks      Buxton Festival      Vladislav Kovalsky      Real Sound srl      Schott Archieve      Medici Choir      Eva Fampas      harmonia mundi      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Finlandia Records      Sotone Historic Recordings      Klaus Rudolph      Yuri Izawa      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Kelly Ferjutz      Erin Christman      Stella Dickinson      Gerard Schurmann      CPO      Bill Cooper      Charlotte Ooi      Circles International      Chris Grist      Caroline von Reitzenstein      David Bramhall      Adriana Soaita      Jeffrey James      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Bettina Pauli      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Piers Adams      Christina O'hart      Dvora Lewis      Arena PAL      HLM Classics      Mitch Jenkins      Norton Paperback Fiction      M N Robert      Salzburg Festival      Andreas Malkmus      Keith Saunders      David Jones      Sara Henry      Blue Pearl Records      Lindsay Lozon      Chika Takeuchi      Belinda Sykes      Stephen Wright      Colin Bramich      Albany Records      Larry A Russell      Tall Poppies Records      Marco Borggreve      Tania Pergamenschikow      Eric Mahoudeau      David Ellis      Kim Stanford      Alfred Frass      Decca Music Group Ltd      London Concertante      Cecilia McDowall      

Philip Crebbin      J Henry Fair      Emily Darrow      Tanglewood Festival      Jill Kramer      Meikui Matsushima      Neil Zaslaw      Tzadik      Rebecca Schiffman      American Composers Forum      Jayang Jung      Royal College of Music      Julia Ionides      Alastair Muir      Lawrence Budmen      Nicolas Bruant      BEL AIR Media      Chandos Records      Royal Northern College of Music      Anja Ullrich      Presteigne Festival      Helen Gill      Holger Badekow      Graham Williams      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Ostkreuz      Opera Holland Park      Louise Ringrose      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Cala Records Ltd      Sven Helbig      Frances Godden      Paul Minotto      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Angelika Roessler      Iain C Steel      Celeste Bacon      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Gernsbeck      Carson Cooman      The late Rev David Thompson      John Bell Young      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Lynsey Docherty      Nikky Johnston      Hypovereinsbank      Roderic Dunnett      Andrew Eccles      Longborough Festival Opera      Lucille Phillips      Helen Sims      A T Schaefer      Bayer Records      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Jenny Crossland      Ken Butcher      Sissy von Kotzebue      Verlag Neue Musik      Rika Lino      Fonit Cetra      Thomas Hampson      David Wilkins      Eroica Classical Recordings      

Europamusicale      Video Arts International      BIS Records AB      Annie Burge      Todd Paris      Jorge Colón      Paul Richardson      Ivor Bramich      John McCabe      Mike Edwards      Brian Bumby      Arne Winkler      OgreOgress Productions      Orchestrutopica      Roger Mastroianni      John Credland      Megan Fenselau      Kornald Music      Robbie Jack      Grace Lee      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Jason Starr      Peter Morgan      Maria Nockin      Manus Carey      J Scheerder      Lucy Penwarden      Alexandra Vosding      Reinhardt Werner      Amy Isard      Colin Willoughby      Dutton Laboratories      Danjulo Ishizaka      Katarina Soderberg      Claves Records      Jessica Gould      Alan Hedges      Bampton Classical Opera      Eugenia Ames      Jeff Loughlin      Sybille Werner      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Brian Tarr      Daniel Rubinoff      Ashley Wass      Enid Luff      Martin Berkofsky      Divas Records      Borjan Canev      Green Room Productions      London Sinfonietta      Rai Trade      Robert Anderson      Fabrizio Ferrari      Alistair Hinton      Medici Classics      Mark Bramich      M L Hart      Rex Harley      Kristen Theriault      Rhea Kang      Nick Prag      ASV Ltd      

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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