The world changed
For whom?
Demand a monopoly of the world’s grief and pain
Adams became the composer laureate

One difference is that it happened on camera
That number of children die everyday from diarrhea because of bad water

Closer to Adams’s El Nina at the 2002 Adelaide Festival
Fixed on the visuals of the planes hitting the towers and the towers collapsing
As someone with a television, what struck me was the aural dimension
Of people using their mobiles to leave last words of love on answering machines
Divided response
Good that both the victim could find the comfort and their loved ones got  the consolation of their voices. Yet the mechanization of the medium was the message, as impersonal  system
The place of technology in the use of the aircraft as weaponry and the engineering the towers that aided their collapse

These thought as a prelude to hearing John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls
With a filmscape by G. Barrett
Snatches of street noise, rollcalls of the dead, mobile leave-takings and phrases from missing-persons posters.
Avoid the intentional fallacy in evaluating art. The desire to commemorate innocence and suffering, like the urge to comfort the bereaved, is commendable but it is not a guarantee for achievement. Indeed, those worthiness is likely to

Like T. S. Eliot, I believe that emotions become art only when mediated through an ‘objective correlative’.

The only way of expressing emotion in the form of art is by finding … a situation such that when the external facts … are given, the emotion is immediately evoked.

Art is mediation of experience, not its raw expression.

Minimalism has problems with feelings, and has slumped into a mushy romanticism

The Adams, the Edwards and the cello recital
Compared with the other items on the symphonic program
Chris Gordon    Peace on Earth
Ross Edwards    fourth symphony   Star Chant   with  images from David Malin
Conducted by Antonino Fogliani
With Gondwana Voices, Cantillation and Sydney Children’s Choire
And the compositions for solo cello performed by Maya Beiser

Arvo Part   Frates

Osvaldo Golijov   Mariel 2001

Steve Reich   Cello Counterpoint

Louis Andriessen   La Voce

David Lang   World to Come
Vocals, lighting and interactive video from Irit Batsry
Distract from the music??
Absolute music and tone poems
Colours and pictures and narratives
A political dimension to the two pieces

The Death of Klinghoffer
Directed by Penny Woolcock
Libretto by Alice Goodman

The Flying Dutchman
Condemned to sail the oceans
Cf Klinghoffer at sea
Senata Lisa Gasteen
The Dutchman Johnathan Summers
Daland Arend Baumann
Erik Jay Hunter Morris
The Steersman Andrew Brunsdon
Mary  Kerry Elizabeth Brown
Conducted by George Alexander Albrecht    Australian debut

Memories circling the globe in a perpetual war against terrorism
To roam in search of a redeeming love
But she must be his forever, possession and domination and not a love of equals