June 23, 2009

Music for the Spirit and the Heart

Posted in life tagged , , , , , at 9:26 pm by Margi Macdonald

Last night I took Mum to hear and see the Australian Chamber Orchestra who are currently playing their Great Romantics tour. A public thanks to my daughter for the tickets!

This was an especially poignant and serenely happy evening, as Mum is now recovering so wonderfully from her recent misadventures-amongst-the-medicos. Mum gave me my love of classical and chamber music.

Music is part of life, of breathing, of heart-beating and of love. Only fragrance, scent, stench and aroma can open us even further to the profound, the mysterious, the sacred, and the emotional.

The evening was finely judged, elegantly played, and really quite perfect in every way.

For about sixteen years now, I’ve slipped into some other place each time I’ve attended an ACO performance. Sometimes challenging and almost excoriating, other times effervescent or tragic, or beauteous, or funny… yet always music for your spirit, or your mind, or your heart, or your laughing muscles.

Go there. Re-visit old masters, or try something new. This is not an orchestra of older men wearing penguin suits, as you’ll see here:

The ACO also led me to the music of Arvo Pärt, who has described his music thus:

I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.

My favourite work of his – Alina – is the one you are are most likely to hear in the clinic.
In this Masterclass, you can see and hear him play and talk about this work. Mr Pärt would also be a very fine acupuncturist, should he change direction!

Why not purchase a high quality performance for your i-thingy, or your old stereo, or your whatever? You might like to start with this… am trusting the subtitles are a lovely counterpoint to the music and the images.

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