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'In the beginning was sound' -- Barenboim's Reith lectures. 'Brilliant!'
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-05-30 03:03
The internet is a wonderful thing. Not only does it throw up the absurd, the titillating and the combative, lurking within it also are real nuggets of pure genius. This year's BBC Reith Lectures by brilliant conductor Daniel Barenboim is such a nugget.
If you're at all interested in music, then you should be overwhelmed by this series of five fascinating lectures from an inspirational man who knows music inside out -- lectures that you can see on the net in pristine video, or hear in pure MP3, or just read, if you wish, without the benefit of the glorious music he uses to illustrate his points.
Rather than summarise myself what he says, I'll let him tell you himself:
I will ... attempt the impossible and maybe try and draw some connection between the inexpressible content of music and, maybe, the inexpressible content of life. In Chicago [Lecture 2] I will be trying to rescue "the neglected sense" - the ear - and launch a campaign against muzak. [Boy, did that excite some controversy.]
Why indeed? Listen up and learn. I certainly have.
UPDATE: Whoops. Links fixed.
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