Wednesday 15 March 2006

Irreverent thoughts

The disc I'm reviewing at the moment includes a performance of Gorecki's lovely motet Totus Tuus. I performed in last year with London Concord Singers and its a piece that calls for discipline and control. But whilst rehearsing the endlessly repeated Maria, Maria, I had the irreverent desire to do an arrangement of it which, at the most unsuitable moments, broke into snatches of Maria from West Side Story and How do you solve a problem like Maria? from The Sound of Music. Impossible of course, you'd never solve the copyright issues, but somehow each time I hear Totus Tuus now, I hear these other songs bouncing away in the background.

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