Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

This is my second selection from the one in 2009.


1. Impromptu Op. 142, No. 2 – Schubert

2. If You Fail, We All Fail – Fields

3. Free – Fonogenico

4. 《滄江夜雨》 [Night Rain on the Azure River] from 【誠一堂琴譜】 [Chengyi Hall Qin Tablatures (1705)] played by 李孔元 [Li Kongyuan]

5. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 – Bach

6. Prickly Pear – Portico Quartet

7. Save Me – HΛL

8. Cards To Your Heart – Groove Armada


The piece I regard most highly: If You Fail, We All Fail – Fields

Luxury item: Guqin

Religious/philosophical work: Plato’s Republic

Book: Tolkien’s The Hobbit

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Rules are that you must choose eight pieces of music to take with you on a desert island. At the end, you must choose one that you regard most highly. In addtion you are automatically given The Bible or a philosophical work of your choice if you’re not a Christian and also the Complete Works of Shakespeare. You may take one luxury item with you (anything except items that can help you escape from the island) and a book of your choice.
I’ve tried to choose a range of material by selecting two Western Classical, two Chinese, two Japanese and two English pieces.
1. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next – Manic Street Preachers
2. 流下眼淚前 – 徐小鳳 [Before Our Falling Tears – Paula Tsui]

3. Organ Concerto in G minor; Op. 4, No. 1 (HWV289) – G.F. Handel

4. dream scape – FictionJunction KAORI

5. 月光 – 鬼束千尋 [Moonlight – Chihiro Onitsuka]

6. Stereophonics – It Means Nothing

7. Organ Trio Sonanta VI (BWV 530) – J.S. Bach

8. 龝水 – 曾成偉 [Autumn Water – as played by Zeng Chengwei]


The piece I regard most highly: 龝水 [Autumn Water]

Luxury item: guqin

Religious/philosophical work: Zhuangzi

Book: The whole series of Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE and xxxHoLiC manga

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Cur in gremio haeremus?
Cur poenam cordi parvo damus?
Stella nobis non concessit
Parvus pulsus
Cor mortem ducens
Venarum pulsus in terram fluens
Vita mollis in stellam redeunt
Animam sacrificare neccesse est?
Cur in gremio haeremus?
Cur veniam petimus?
In terra fatali?


Why do we all cling close to one another?
Why do we give vice to young hearts?
The stars won’t permit us
With every little beat
Death would reach our hearts
The pulse which flows through the land
Dissolves the lives which return to the stars
Is it necessary to sacrifice our spirits?
Why do we all cling close to one another?
Why do we take it upon ourselves to allow this?
In this promised land?

Lyrics: Tetsuya Nomura
Latin: Taro Yamashita
English: Tsubasa Domeki
Music: Nobuo Uematsu

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I discovered Patrick Wolf in much the same way as I discovered Seth Lakeman. It was a nice quiet night and I was watching television. It was BBC2 and Newsnight Review was on. At the end of the programme, Kirsty Walsh introduced us to a musician I have never heard of. His name is Partrick Wolf and he had a new album coming out soon which was called The Magic Position and was going to play the title track to play the programme out.

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