Spirituality as a quality criterion in art music; a personal manifesto
Despite the peak of excellence modern music has achieved, we do not hear or see today the least sign of those effects which ancient music produced, which were so infinitely desirable and useful.
Vicenzo Galilei, father of Galileo (1533 – 1591)
If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943)
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Let me begin this essay with a few statements. I will then continue to elaborate on them and point out in what ways they are interrelated. Continue reading
Eduard de Boer: Children of Gaza
Song cycle for high voice and piano Poems by Michael R. Burch
Introduction and text of the poems Continue reading
Plea for a new concept of contemporary music
The way the general view of contemporary ‘serious’ music relates to everyday reality is awkward, to say the least. On the one hand, we are told that those more or less contemporary composers of so-called ‘serious’ music, who are considered great composers, have – as it were – taken over the torch from their illustrious predecessors from the past, on the other hand the interest in their music is most limited. According to Ed de Boer, this phenomenon is related to the current concept of contemporary art in general, a concept that, in his view, sprouts from the 19th century concept of progress. Continue reading
A list of compositions and arrangements for wind orchestra, fanfare orchestra and brassband with some Youtube links.