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"Thank you for a few minutes of quiet reflection with beautiful scenes to enjoy."
— Reverend Sue Wise
“感謝這音樂視頻給予的寧靜反思和美景欣賞。” — 蘇懷斯牧師
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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.
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" 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)
" Thank you for the link to Wisdom and Love. It was good to listen to and watch with some very lovely images, and very interesting to hear about the ME connection." — Paul Haines, peace activist and architect/designer
“謝謝《智慧與愛》的鏈接，很好聽和看到非常可愛的圖像，這個與慢性疲勞綜合症 (ME) 有關連令我很感興趣。” — 保羅·海恩斯，和平主義者和建築師/設計師"
"I really enjoyed the piece they performed. The singer has a beautiful tenor voice, and congratulations for writing so well for the guitar! The images were very evocative." — Philip Edwards, clarinetist
“我真的很喜歡他們的演奏，歌手是優美的男高音，恭喜您把吉他寫得如此出色！這些圖像令人回味無窮。” — 單簧管演奏家菲臘·愛德華斯
Music Videos 音樂視频
Miscellaneous 1 其他之一
A Festive Puzzle – Can you get all 9 carols within one minute?
The following video was taken at Hyde Hall
– one of the four Royal Horticultural gardens
Another video that includes footages of Hyde Hall is
also has images/mini videos of Hyde Hall.
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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 小伯利恆
– 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
WISDOM & LOVE the music video, info/stories and comments
WAVES the music video & info
MINUTE-CAROLS the music video, festive puzzle & answers
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