November — A photo and a piece of music by Dennis Johnson
|Tree on Midsummer Common—November 2016|
Anyway, whilst there I promised myself that I would re-listen to it in Cambridge in the darkening month of November and, over the last couple of days, I've been doing just that as I have begun properly to work through Emanuele Severino's extraordinary neo-Parmenidean work, "The Essence of Nihilism."
This morning it occurred to me that some of you might enjoy being introduced to this remarkable, early piece of American minimalist music, not least of all because I'm finding that its peaceful, gentle, timeless qualities (along with Severino's thought) seem to be helping to restore in me some kind of calm equilibrium following the highly disconcerting and disappointing vote for Brexit in June and then last week's news that Trump had won the US Presidential election.
By clicking on this link you can read an article published in "The Wire" called "Dennis Johnson: Maths, Mars landings and minimalism" which will tell you something about both the man and his piece.
By clicking on this link you can preview and/or download the piece, finally recorded more than 50 years after its premiere by R. Andrew Lee.
I took the photo at the head of this post on Midsummer Common yesterday in some very November-like weather.
|From Johnson's score of "November"|
|Cover of the new recording of "November" by R. Andrew Lee|