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« on: January 23, 2023, 07:14:34 am »

We still have hundreds and hundreds of pieces not yet posted and hardly ever heard.

We still have over two hundred members who hardly ever tune in.

To deal with this situation we shall now make posts describing each of the unheard pieces, and asking members to indicate their interest.

Only after a certain number of members (three to start with) has shown an interest, will we then post the actual piece.

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Here is the first:

James MacMillan was born in Kilwinning in 1959, and studied music at the University of Edinburgh.

Deeply impressed by Latin American ‘liberation theology’, he explored ways in which a Roman Catholic faith, socialist sympathies and feelings about homeland could be brought together productively in music; at the same time he found it increasingly necessary to question the premises on which he had been educated, striving instead for a more directly expressive style. In his music complex atonality often exists alongside lucid tonality or modality.

His trilogy Triduum, comprises The World’s Ransoming for English horn and orchestra (1995–6), a Cello Concerto (1996) and his first symphony, Vigil (1997).

Will members who would like to hear a concert performance of the 1996 cello concerto, please post a few words saying so. As soon as three such posts have appeared we will post it.

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