Nina Auerbach English 12 December In her novella "The Lifted Veil"George Eliot departed from her habitual realistic fiction style to explore a more Gothic held of prevision, telepathy, and revivication of the dead. As Frederick Karl notes in his biography of Eliot: Furthermore, both Shelley and Eliot appear to pose the same anodyne for the problem of male egotism—healthy human interaction, either societal, familial, or both.
My Yoga teachers will hear this and probably "excommunicate" me or whatever one does to kick someone out of a Yoga class. I can imagine them getting quiet and shutting off the lights in the Yoga studio when they see me approaching.
But seriously, I tried to treat the mantra theme with total respect. There are no silly, sarcastic, dissonant or whimsical variations here. Instead most of them are quite serious and some are hopefully beautiful.
The funny thing is that I've been working with this mantra theme for a couple months so in some sense I have been reciting a mantra for over 4 months.
Maybe this will redeem me in the minds of my Yoga teachers? I do not want to join the "Salman-Rushdie-list-of-people-who-pissed-off-religious-groups".
This piece is not attempting to ridicule or trivialize Hindu beliefs. Quite to the contrary, I found that this mantra theme had more depth that I could handle. I feel as though I just scratched the surface with the possibilities.
There are probably some friends and relatives who now think I am changing my religion. This is not true. It is impossible for me to change my religion since I am not religious. Now to my usual discussion The idea for this piece came after taking a little workshop on playing the harmonium as used in Yoga classes.
Quite honestly, I just took the harmonium course since I was curious to how certain sounds were made on that instrument. Well, when I returned home from that workshop I took one of the chants from that workshop and started playing around with it on the piano. Almost immediately a bunch of variations came forth and I realized that the theme had lots of potential for development.
My original intent was to write a short piece maybe 3 minutes similar to Bartok's Ballad tema con variazioni from 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs.
But this piece got away on me. At one point I was thinking "Holy cow, this thing is going to be over 5 minutes long". Well, now it's at 15 minutes. So much for writing a short piece. This piece is an experiment.
It is the first piece on a Hindu mantra that I will do and will also be the last. I don't think I can do another such variation without using the same methods again. Also I've thrown everything that I could into this so I would just be plagurizing myself if I wrote another one.
There will be other pieces with variations, but this type of piece will not be repeated. The mantra theme seemed ideal for variations is that it is very simple and sparse. If a theme is too distinctive it refuses to secumb to variations.
Also short themes are better to use as building blocks. This piece was very much inspired by Beethoven's C minor Variations Wo 80 which also uses a very short theme. In that Beethoven piece, the variations interrelate to each other and thus form a larger whole. That is, they are not a sequence of variations but rather variations that interconnect.
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Of course, this piece is not attempting to compete with Beethoven. That would be like a dopey pre-kindergarden child who watches too much television trying to compete intellectually with Einstein after he drank 5 cups of coffee.This piece is not so easy to play due to the unusual chords.
Technically it is not difficult, but some of the chords may feel a little anti-pianistic. Stylistically this is probably an impressionist piece. The Sundial isn't for the novice Jackson reader; I had read in Private Demons that this book was disjointed, confusing, and with unlikeable characters, and I agree somewhat that Jackson's craft seems a little off in this work/5.
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The Republicans may call him thinly veiled socialist, but . Jan 08, · They're beautiful stories, too, with little snippets of reverence for the natural world that sound more like Zen poetry than veiled social criticism.
Maybe meant to be a contrast between the impermanent, shifting world of humanity and the solid, defined world of nature, maybe just meant to be pretty, worth reading either way.
In this passage, Shelley briefly alerts readers that the microcosmic analysis of the destructive egotism of one man, Victor Frankenstein, and its devastating effect on one family, is representative of the global and historical scourge of patriarchal social dominion which has repeatedly sacrificed countless lives for the sake of its own all-consuming ego.
Like a sort of compassionate Oscar Wilde, this romp among the tombstones and all types of Gothic macabre can be experienced like a full-out play. There is an impressive group of characters--eh, automatons--and enough lines of dialogue to tickle anyone's fancy/5().