Moondog (Louis Hardin): Synchrony #2 & Vladimir Martynov: The Beatitudes

The reason I paired these two pieces for today’s post is because youtube automatically started playing the latter after I had typed in Moondog.  Scrolling through the list of Moondog’s works, I espied something performed by the Kronos Quartet.  Kronos has been around since 1973 and has been instrumental (no pun intended) in breathing new life into the string quartet form starting in the last quarter of the 20th century.  They accomplished this by adapting music from almost every genre–for example, “Do the Funky Chicken,” on their first studio album, “In Formation, ” (1982), “Purple Haze,” (1986), medieval music dating from the 9th Century, and modern composers like Riley, Glass, Reich, Feldman and Part.  Over 400 pieces have been written for them, and they’ve given over 3000 performances since their inception.  So maybe, I’ll feature some of their pieces in my next few posts.


I won’t say much about the Moondog, except, that it’s lovely, and you can hear the his fascination with the canon form. (Think “Row-Row-Row Your Boat.”)
 

After the Moondog finished, it served up Vladimir Martynov”s “The Beatitudes.” Martynov was born in 1946, was classically trained, and ended up in the The Alexander Scriabin Museum, which was the Russian equivalent of 20th century european electronic music centers.


He was much influenced by the serialist music and American minimalism, however, his interest in ethnomusicology and religious music, lead his music down a much more spiritual path than other composers of minimalism.


“The Beatitudes” was written in 1998 and was rescored by the composer in 2008 for the Kronos Quartet.

Being an American, I tend to gush enthusiastically at anything that’s new to me, and I splash the word “sublime” over a lot of things like I do ketchup. But this piece really is sublime.

 

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Writer and Education Professional. Specialties include Ethics, Personal Memoir, Classical music, Tai Chi, Stress Reduction, Meditation, Coping, Classical Music, Aging, Love, Joy, Compassion and Equanimity (& what interests me.)

5 Responses to Moondog (Louis Hardin): Synchrony #2 & Vladimir Martynov: The Beatitudes

  1. kvennarad says:

    ‘Sublime’ ties him to Romanticism more than anything else. I can see the influence of minimalism, as I said before.

    Do you know the Balanescu Quartet? They have done a lot of work with Florian Schneider / Kraftwerk. For example, this:

    I recently came across this by them:

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  2. kvennarad says:

    [let the clips run on into the next ones…]

    Like

  3. kurtnemes says:

    I grow old. I grow old. I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled

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