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"Thank you for a few minutes of quiet reflection with beautiful scenes to enjoy."
— Reverend Sue Wise
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The music is a combination of five melodic ideas ‒ each centres on a certain pitch: E, G, A, D and B respectively, i.e., the guitar strings but not following their order (EBGDAE). The words indicate the moods, and each mode centred on a pitch has its own flavour. To me, E is philosophical; G, glow; A, warmth; D, liveliness and B is mysterious.
I studied Western Classical music at the Royal Academy of Music. At the time, the ultimate was to learn Bach chorales (for harmony) and the sonata form (for compositional structure). Yet unbeknown to me, I was influenced by my childhood memory of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong, which is a collection of different tunes to express the sound and the drama of words, as demonstrated in this piece.
The video: I met Juliet Chenery-Robson at an international conference for Arts PhD students held at the Royal College of Art in London. Juliet's PhD is a photographic expression of ME sufferers ‒ she's deeply affected by her daughter's long years suffering of ME (see my chapter PDF, and thesis PDF Chapter 2, 2.3.5). I find her photos beautiful. My practice-led creative autobiographical PhD is a combined arts creation for multi-venue performance as an artistic expression of my 3-time cancer survival. I thought, wouldn't it be great if she and I would collaborate in realizing at least part of my PhD which is still a prototype due to no funding.
Juliet kindly allows me to modify her existing photos to combine with my music. The late American soprano Judith Nelson had performed this work with the guitarist William Waters but I am not aware of any recording. However, I have an old recording performed by Peter Crowe and William Waters that I can use to make this music video. As Juliet's photos were not taken for this purpose, and a photo is a fixed moment while music is in motion, I looked at the large quantity of Juliet's old photos for a long time to get inspiration. I also thought hard on how to animate chosen images to move with the music and to express the words.
9 Apr update 4日9日更新 MORE COMMENTS 更多評論：
" I’ve just listened to and watched your Wisdom and Love piece of music. It was very relaxing both musically and visually. The singer had a fantastic voice. Well done, you are very talented. I hope you are well and staying clear of the virus. Maybe your next composition should reflect the times we are all going through and show there’s light at the end of the tunnel. "
— Stuart Fleming, Wickford Wildlife Society
HWO: "No problem to create such, except without a commission, even if I write the music for love, where's the money to pay for a professional recording of the music?＂
" It is a while since you sent the mail and recording but I had not forgotten it! I have just been waiting for the right time, feeling relaxed and not in a hurry, as well as having my laptop out. As I am now in a week's self-isolation, the time has been granted me and I have just been enjoying Wisdom and Love but after reading the notes, I think I will need to listen again! Lovely photos and you are so clever at making these videos! I loved the rippling water under the bough of leaves, and the guitar accompaniment, although (perhaps due to not very good sound on my laptop) the guitar has a different tone, sounding more like an oriental stringed instrument; it is a sharper, cleaner sound than a normal guitar, not as warm and "fuzzy" ! "
— Margaret Morley, RAM alumna and sister of
HWO: " I applied instructions of certain guitar playing techniques to achieve those effects. "
" A really amazing collaboration... very compelling. The images, the melodic ideas and the vocals all worked so well to create a haunting whole. What a great piece — and Juliet's images are so well platformed by your arrangement. Great that your paths crossed. Peter Crowe's haunting tenor caught my dog's attention — and she came to sit under my desk as I was listening to it. "
— Vivien Finch, Suffolk and Essex coastal dweller, music amateur, teacher, memoir writer and London JP... charities: Canine Partners, Medical Detection Dogs (making huge strides in cancer detection) and Dogs Trust (biggest rescue and re-home charity in UK)
A Festive Puzzle – Can you get all 9 carols within one minute?
THE WAVES : Melody waltzing with waterfowl
《浪》旋律舞水禽 鋼琴: 鄧兆楷 piano Albert Tang (Albert studied with Peter Katin)
The following two videos were taken at Hyde Hall – one of the four Royal Horticultural gardens. 以下兩個視頻在英國皇家園藝花園拍攝
I mingled fragments from the following nine Christmas carols that I have sung – some more obvious but some more subtly hidden in the middle part – resulting in this synthesized Minute-Carol. Spot them all while enjoying Essex's Hyde Hall with occasional mini Christmas Trees!
1. Ding Dong Merrily on High 叮噹！來自天上的喜悅
2. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen 天賜喜樂
3. Silent Night and its alto part 平安夜
4. Joy to the World 普世歡騰
5. O Little Town of Bethlehem (by L H Redner – I include the opening lyrics as there is another carol with similar name)
O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by…
6. O Come All Ye Faithful 齊來崇拜
7. A Great and Mighty Wonder 救主降生
8. Hark the Herald Angels Sing 聽啊！天使高聲歌唱
9. Good Christian Men Rejoice 信徒歡唱
To see the video "The Story of Inter Artes "
4 March NEW video "WISDOM & LOVE" updated 9 April
Other videos on this page include "THE WAVES", "MINUTE-CAROLS" and 3 versions of "BLESSED".
BLESSED with Season's Greetings《有福》原版
BLESSED AMENDED《有福 修正版》
Binah Elvan sings the Beatitudes, with images taken at St Andrew's — BLESSED the music video is to thank God's blessing, and as Canon Jane Freeman's retirement gift from me. However, due to health, circumstances and Xmas deadline, there are blemishes in the original. I made BLESSES AMENDED for the New Year. Then I made BLESSED AMENDED FINAL.
BLESSED AMENDED FINAL
This can also be viewed on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/383497980
CAN YOU SPOT THE DIFFERENCES?
Blessed, Blessed Amended and Blessed Amended Final
These three versions sound and look slightly different to each other.
WISDOM AND LOVE 《智慧与愛》
Peter Crowe tenor, William Waters guitar 彼得卡魯唱 水威廉古典結他 動化靓相
Images modified from Juliet Chenery-Robson photography