Silence


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Jason Rosewell at UnSplash

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But what a goal! The space between noises, notes and words seems to contain every sound–much like the shade white is said to contain every colour, and yet is simply white.  But as opposed to flattening your senses, silence opens all the receptors.
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In the Duo for Violin & Piano by R. Murray Schafer, we hear the forceful piano chords, the gaping silence afterwards…it’s like someone jarring silence after someone slams a door.  What happened?  What’s going to happen? What are you expecting?

This recording by Duo Concertante won a JUNO Award for the composer in 2011.
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Timothy Steeves & Nancy Dahn – Duo Concertante

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2 responses to “Silence”

  1. Well, said. Sometimes I say silence is deafening. and with this duo, it’s almost like you’re holding your breath (literally) until they begin again. Such an interesting concept. Your site is eye pleasing, colours are soothing. I like sites that doesn’t strain the eyes. It’s looks very inviting and the font and line spacing makes it easy to read. And ….I’m a fan of string instruments 😉 especially the cello! great job!

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