Archive for the ‘Listening’ Category

The music of The Memory of Love

Friday, March 1st, 2013

I was recently offered to contribute a list of music relevant to my latest novel, The Memory of Love, to the blog largehearted Boy. It was a bittersweet task. I was instantly back there, in the time when the novel was written. It wasn’t very long ago, yet in some ways, it now feels like it was in another life. And like much in life, watched in hindsight, it looks more appealing than what it felt like at the time…

You can see the list – and listen to some of it – here: www.largeheartedboy.com

 

Music

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

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When Sonata for Miriam was published in Sweden, Swedish composer Alexander Ekroth-Baginski was commissioned to write a short excerpt to be used for the audio edition of the book. This was so wonderfully perceptive and beautiful that he was commissioned to complete what is the adagio from the Sonata for Miriam that the main character in the novel writes for his daughter Miriam. It is my hope that Alexander will have the opportunity to complete the entire sonata.

The adagio was later recorded in Auckland, New Zealand, with Lara Hall playing the violin and Mikhail Tablis piano.

Listen to the music here: Sonata for Miriam

Sonata for Miriam – the real sonata

Friday, February 13th, 2009

In connection with the release of Sonata for Miriam (Sonat till Miriam) in Sweden, Swedish composer Alexander Ekroth-Baginski was commissioned to compose the adagio from the sonata that the main character composes in the novel. The result is a profoundly moving, gentle piece of music, perfectly suited to the novel. The adagio has since been recorded and will be made available to the general public in due course.

Listen to a short excerpt by clicking here: adagio-sonata-for-miriam1

Danses

Monday, October 15th, 2007

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Sometimes it’s good to dance. Here is some music to make you wish you had the right partner to take you through the steps. That, and the right place, and the right time. And if all that is not available, well, then just close your eyes and glide on the sound.

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Winter music

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

I am listening to a recording of music by Astor Piazzolla, Histoire du Tango, with Cécile Daroux, flute and Pablo Márques, guitar. Soothing music when the window in my study looks like that of the butcher shop where my grandmother used to live. The world is blurred and the rain looks permanent.

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Silenced violins

Friday, March 16th, 2007

I am listening to a CD, presenting the music of two violinists who were tragically silenced in their youth, Ginette Neveu and Josef Hassid (Testament SBT 1010). It is with a feeling similar to that which you get when you have just discovered a new author, only to be told that he only wrote a couple of books and is now dead. A kind of sad desperation. This is all. There can never be more. (more…)