Saturday, October 24, 2015

Charles Tomlinson Griffes "Goddess of the Moon" Exotic Chamber Music: Three Sketches on Indian Themes - Sonata for Piano - The Kairn of Koridwen - Three Japanese Melodies - Perspectives Ensemble, Newport Classics 1998

Charles Tomlinson Griffes was an intriguing and fascinating man and composer. He was interested/obsessed with exotic subjects and ethnic legends (Druid, Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Russian in particular) and was fascinated by the French Impressionist composers; Indeed Griffes is considered to be *the* early American Impressionist composer. Living only from 1884-1920, he was ahead of his time in the States as all of his music displays.  I will have to remember to post more of Griffes, he is a special composer who crafted special music; always saturated with a strong sense of the mysterious. 




The recondite "The Kairn of Koridwen", inspired by Druid legend is here presented in a "concert version" however I have a recording of the entire piece (which fills a whole disc) which I will unearth when I can. It's a highly atmospheric and unusual work and the listener feels, as in most of Griffe's pieces, that the terrain is unfamiliar but also welcoming-aurally and perhaps eerily dark, yet also light-what's around each corner one knows not. 

Again, I will add info on the music when I'm feeling better.

Enjoy everyone

Griffes_Goddess_Of_The_Moon-Exotic_Chamber_Music-Tzadik.zip

http://www92.zippyshare.com/v/qhyg4Hue/file.html

10 comments:

theblueamos said...

Get well soon.I hope .All the best from Jerusalem

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cjvinthechair said...

Aieee ! Sorry to hear you're struggling, Mr. T - too much string quartet conducting, perhaps ?
Having failed to succumb to Schubert's death music for me, will happily try some more Shickele, & since I love Eastern influences, will see how/if I can get on with Griffes.
Take it easy, Sir - a fine glass of something alcoholic, preferably raised with the un-injured arm, should help to soothe things. All the best !

XAVIER JOAN said...

POCO TUYO ES MUCHO Tzadik !!!

GRACIAS Y SI TÚ O ALGUIEN ME PODRÍA INFORMAR SOBRE BLOGS COMO ÉSTE DE "MÚSICA CLÁSICA" DE LOS SIGLOS XX-XXI LE ESTARÍA MUY AGRADECIDO.

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR WORK!!!

Tzadik said...

Thank you Blue, I am trying (not sure how I'm trying exactly, but you know I do wish it so!). I hope all is well with you-and that you are dealing with the current atmosphere as best you can.

Best,

TZ

Tzadik said...

Hola Xavier, y de nuevo gracias por sus amables palabras! Espero que disfruten de su visita aquí. -Por Cierto, que realmente tiene un montón de amigos agradecidos de todo el mundo; Me conmueve que tenía cada uno de ellos firman con un agradecimiento;-)

Saludos,

TZ

Tzadik said...

Hi Cjv, thanks for the kind words. Well do try the Griffes, the ensembles may be small but I find his music to be really something special, no matter what the instrumentation (that's just me needless to say but I do hope you find something to enjoy here)

Well, I wish I had a bit of wine, or better still a nice strong IPA or a lighter Belgian Ale.. I am mostly sticking to good coffee, as it's cheaper and keeps me focused on each note :)

Best,

TZ

Tzadik said...

Hola de nuevo Javier, y gracias de nuevo por sus comentarios. Significa mucho a mi amigo.
-No Estoy seguro de entender lo que están pidiendo for..about los "blogs clásicos" de los siglos 20-21; es lo que usted quiere una lista de otros buenos blogs para visitar?

TZ

Tzadik said...

Sorry I meant Xavier!

TZ

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