Tea and Symphony – The English Baroque Sound (1968 – 1974)

Tea and Symphony – The English Baroque Sound (1968 – 1974)

In 1733 when Rameau premiered his "Hippolyte et Aricie" the response was, at best, muted and, in the case of one anonymous review, caustic.  That anonymous reviewer labelled the work "...du barocque"  and suggested, in his critique, that the piece was lacking in coherent melody, constantly changed key and meter and ran through nearly every [...]

The Year in Britpop…2019

The Year in Britpop…2019

It all seems so long ago. It was a long time ago. We were younger then. We are older now. Look at you now. Don't look at me. Don't look back in anger. Look back with misty eyes and a quickening of the beat-beat-beat of your heart. Them was giddy days. 2019 has brought Britpop [...]

Da-da-da-daist: Cut Out and Keep Me, David Devant and His Spirit Wife

Da-da-da-daist: Cut Out and Keep Me, David Devant and His Spirit Wife

"Dada is like your hopes: nothing like your paradise: nothing like your idols: nothing like your heroes: nothing like your artists: nothing like your religions: nothing." (Francis Picabia, 1879-1953) "Thought is made in the mouth" (Tristan Tzara, 1896-1963) Dadaism is, at the most basic level, a celebration of the absurd, a means by which an [...]