3 episodes

A series of spoken essays. This is a pilot of three episodes.

Lodewijk Muns, musicologist, composer and pianist, discusses themes such as music and memory, music and language, and the limits of music, with the piano at his fingertips.

The Dutch version (Voorbij de oren) runs on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc.

https://app.springcast.fm/podcast/voorbij-de-oren

Beyond the Bony Labyrinth: because the sound that enters our ears only becomes music when we recognize it. Music appeals to our memory, emotions, imagination, and capacity for language.

Philosophy: because it deals with the connections between music and other aspects of life, with clarification, and dispelling smoke screens.

Beyond the Bony Labyrinth Beyond the Bony Labyrinth

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A series of spoken essays. This is a pilot of three episodes.

Lodewijk Muns, musicologist, composer and pianist, discusses themes such as music and memory, music and language, and the limits of music, with the piano at his fingertips.

The Dutch version (Voorbij de oren) runs on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc.

https://app.springcast.fm/podcast/voorbij-de-oren

Beyond the Bony Labyrinth: because the sound that enters our ears only becomes music when we recognize it. Music appeals to our memory, emotions, imagination, and capacity for language.

Philosophy: because it deals with the connections between music and other aspects of life, with clarification, and dispelling smoke screens.

    How durable is classical music

    How durable is classical music

    A preface to the series. Thoughts on the demise of classical music in contemporary culture.

    Music and sound fragments:
    W.A. Mozart, Piano Concerto in A KV 488, mov. 2 (Adagio). Piano*
    W.A. Mozart, Die Zauberflöte KV620, aria Der Hölle Rache. Edda Moser, Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Wolfgang Sawallisch, EMI 1973
    Collage of voices from The Voyager Golden Record: Greetings and Sounds of the Earth. NetFilm Music © 2013
    L. van Beethoven, Große Sonate für das Hammerklavier op. 106, mov. 3 (Adagio sostenuto). Piano*
    W.A. Mozart, Minuet KV315a nr. 1. Piano*
    J.S. Bach, Das wolhtemperierte Klavier II, Präludium in f-sharp BWV883. Piano*
    *Piano: Lodewijk Muns

    This podcast is offered for free. Making it takes some inspiration, a lot of enthusiastic labour, a lifetime of experience and a bit of money. If you're interested, please consider making a donation. It will help to continue the podcast and means a great incentive for the author.
    https://whydonate.com/nl/fundraising/voorbij-de-oren
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lodewijkm

    • 20 min
    That Wild Waltz of Von Weber's: Involuntary Encounters with an Obstinate Tune

    That Wild Waltz of Von Weber's: Involuntary Encounters with an Obstinate Tune

    Topic: memory. The tune known as 'Weber's last musical thought' is not by Carl Maria von Weber, but it is nevertheless an interesting piece of cultural history. With forays into the works of Kierkegaard, E.A. Poe, Debussy, and a rendition of Erik Satie's Avant-dernière pensée no. 2.

    Text quotations:
    C.G. Reissiger, Suum cuique. Niederrheinische Musik-Zeitung fur Kunstfreunde und Künstler. Jg. 3 nr. 29 1855
    N. Perry, That Waltz of Von Weber's. Marin County Journal vol. 13 nr. 23, 21-8-1873
    S. Kierkegaard, Journals and Papers: Autobiographical, 1829-1848. Edited by Gregor Malantschuk. Indiana University Press, 1978.
    S. Kierkegaard, Die Krankheit zum Tode: Furcht und Zittern : Die Wiederholung : Der Begriff der Angst. Edited by Niels Thulstrup, Hermann Diem, and Walter Rest. Philosophisch-Theologische Schriften. Köln etc.: Hegner, 1956.
    Th. de Banville, Les Stalactites. Lemerre, 1889.
    M. Fuchs, Théodore de Banville, 1823-1891. Cornély, 1912.
    H. Berlioz, Mémoires de Hector Berlioz comprenant ses voyages en Italie, en Allemagne, en Russie et en Angleterre 1803-1865. Levy Frères, 1870.
    E.A. Poe, Selected Writings. Penguin, 1967.

    Musical quotations:
    C.M. von Weber, Aufforderung zum Tanz. Piano* (digitally reconstructed Conrad Graf, 1826)
    C.G. Reissiger, Danses brillantes op. 26 no. 5. Piano* (digitally reconstructed Conrad Graf, 1826)* (also: barrel organ, harp)
    C. Debussy, Nuits d’étoiles. Véronique Gens, Roger Vignoles. Nuit d'Étoiles: Mélodies Françaises. Virgin Classics 2000
    C.G. Reissiger, Danses brillantes op. 26 no. 5. Jacqueline Bonneau. Classiques favoris du piano. Ducretet Thomson 1958
    E. Satie, Avant-dernières pensées, nr. 2, Aubade. Piano* (with recitation)
    *Piano: Lodewijk Muns, unless otherwise specified.

    This podcast is offered for free. Making it takes some inspiration, a lot of enthusiastic labour, a lifetime of experience and a bit of money. If you're interested, please consider making a donation. It will help to continue the podcast and means a great incentive for the author.
    https://whydonate.com/nl/fundraising/voorbij-de-oren
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lodewijkm

    • 19 min
    Darling Theyre Playing Our Tune

    Darling Theyre Playing Our Tune

    Topic: memory. Music has a special ability to trigger memories. DTPOT, 'our tune', was introduced more or less as a joke in music psychology, but is now a technical term. It is also an inexhaustible dramaturgical tool in film, opera etc.

    Text quotations:
    Umberto Eco, Casablanca, or, the Clichés Are Having a Ball. In S. Maasik and J. Solomon (eds). Signs of Life in the U.S.A.: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers. Bedford, 1994.
    John Booth Davies. The Psychology of Music. Hutchinson, 1978.

    Music and sound quotations:
    Casablanca (film). Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart. Warner Brothers 1943
    H. Hupfeld, As Time Goes By. Piano*
    S. Fain, You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me. Frank Sinatra. Songs for Swinging Lovers, Capitol 1956.
    G. Bizet, Les pêcheurs de perles, duet Au fond du temple saint. Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill. HMV 1954
    G. Bizet, Les pêcheurs de perles, Ah! Adieu! Janine Micheau, Nicolai Gedda, Ernest Blanc, Théâtre National De L'Opéra-Comique, Pierre Dervaux. EMI 1961
    *Piano: Lodewijk Muns

    This podcast is offered for free. Making it takes some inspiration, a lot of enthusiastic labour, a lifetime of experience and a bit of money. If you're interested, please consider making a donation. It will help to continue the podcast and means a great incentive for the author.
    https://whydonate.com/nl/fundraising/voorbij-de-oren
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lodewijkm

    • 23 min

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