Another musical interlude

Readers of this blog will no doubt have come to the realization I have achieved a state of disillusionment where the governance of this nation is concerned; whereby our political class are of the opinion that they can ‘rule’ what are, in effect a sovereign people, regardless of the views of said people. It is a sad reflection that, for the average citizen to do anything about this state of affairs, they require ‘mega-money’ to accomplish the change which required; unlike in Switzerland where all that is required is a tad of effort to organise a petition which then results in a referendum, the result of which can halt, if successful, their political class in their tracks.

Consequently, a change of focus on that about that which I write.

I suspect I have an odd taste in music, one which ranges from what may be termed ‘pop’ to classical. It is not a particular ‘genre’ that attracts  me, but more the ‘sound’ (tune/harmony) that I hear and which includes what may be termed ‘oddities’. One aspect that I find both ‘intriguing’ and ‘interesting’, where music that appeals to me  is concerned, is not only lyrics but the vocal range of the singer coupled with the tune/harmony/combination of orchestration.

Where ‘oddities’ are concerned one must be Ivan Rebroff, born in Berlin as Hans-Rolf Rippert. He studied singing at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Although his knowledge and pronunciation of Russian was imperfect, he became famous for singing Russian folk songs, but also performed opera, light classics and folk songs from many other countries.  He became a citizen of Greece and lived on the Greek island of Skopelos in the Sporades. He died in Frankfurt after a long illness. One of his most famous recordings was ‘Abendglocken’ (Evening Bells), an opportunity which afforded him to demonstrate his vocal range of four and a half octaves:


At the other end of the ‘spectrum’, where lyrics are concerned, we have Neil Diamond with The Story of My Life. If I had the ability as a musician and lyricist to write such a song for the women I loved, I think I would die a very happy man:


Considering composition then we must listen to a transcription by Liszt of Standchen by Schubert.   The repetition of a theme with part of that them (in a higher key) is but superb:


When looking at composition, who would consider ‘marrying’ a guitar with a the violins of an orchestra?


Until, of course, our ‘rulers decide, like so much else, what we think and like is ‘verboten’.

Just saying………..