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All the arts including painting and music start from a common impulse and for the impulse to be realised there needs to be a reconfiguration of the relationship of time and space. This is the deepest level of abstraction and carries a pulsational energy into the field of attention. Voice or graphical marks are inscriptions into the matrix of space, time and energy. From an early age I was immersed in the arts of dance, music, song and painting which provided me with a relationship both to the singularities of various forms but also their modes of distribution. In simple terms I was sensitised to the vibratory roots that give rise to the play of the various faculties. I was gradually learning about spacing, intervals, drifts, presence, absence, signification, intensity, gesture, process and rhythm. Each of these elements relate to schema or the resonance of the working of the imagination discovering a relationship to language. I think that all art begins in an obscure region where schema and breath start to coming.

Aria, Sposa son disprezzata, opera La Merope

Singing Artist:  Xiong Yanzhi
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Genre:  Classical

Sposa son disprezzata" ("I am wife and I am scorned") is an Italian aria written by Geminiano Giacomelli. It is used in Vivaldi's pasticcio, Bajazet. The music for this aria was not composed by Vivaldi. The aria, originally called Sposa, non mi conosci, was taken from the Geminiano Giacomelli's opera La Merope (1734), composed before Vivaldi's pasticcio Bajazet. It was a common practice during Vivaldi's time to compile arias from other composers with one own's work for an opera. Vivaldi himself composed the arias for the good characters and mostly used existing arias from other composers for the villains in this opera. "Sposa son disprezzata" is sung by a villain character, Irene. Vivaldi has recently been attributed as the composer of the work, perhaps because Cecilia Bartoli's album "If You Love Me—'Se tu m'ami': Eighteenth-Century Italian Songs," which uses Alessandro Parisotti's 19th-century piano version, attributes the work solely to Vivaldi.

Hermit Songs, Op. 29: V. The Crucifixion ·

Sing Artits : Xiong Yanzhi 
Composer : Samuel Barber
Genre : Classical

Hermit Songs is a cycle of ten songs for voice and piano by Samuel Barber. Written in 1953 on a grant from the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation, it takes as its basis a collection of anonymous poems written by Irish monks and scholars from the 8th to the 13th centuries, in translations by W. H. Auden, Chester Kallman, Howard Mumford Jones, Kenneth H. Jackson and Seán Ó Faoláin. The Hermit Songs received their premiere in 1953 at the Library of Congress, with soprano Leontyne Price and Barber himself as pianist.

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