Heard Music...Hidden Music
"Fire, Aire, Earth, Water in mysterious dances Move to thy Musick through all times and chances." Peter Sterry (1613-1672), translating Boethius "Heard music...hidden music" is a website devoted to the exploration of the language of music and the hidden music of nature by composer Andrew Baker.
See also Andrew Baker's Youtube Channel
and also find a selection of music on Sound Cloud
A curious and tragic tale, a piece of historical detective work. It may or may not have anything to do with Sir Edward Elgar, but it does involve Lord Berners and various celebrities of the 20s, 30s and 40s and touches the tarnished glitter of popular theatre and dance.
This is an in-depth exploration of "Spirit of Place" in which the forms of each small (twenty minute) symphony are derived from explorations and photographs of places which seem to have a particular archetypal quality. The first, "Border", explores the border of Herefordshire and Wales. The second, "Vale", explores the vale of Trent and Sow around Shugborough. I presented the video of Vale at Shugborough on Sunday August 2nd 2015 starting at 2.00pm and a version for string quartet and piano will be performed there on Sunday 6th September. The others are "Forest", "Three Places in Oxfordshire", "The Ouse Pilgrimage" and "No. 6". Vale can be found on YouTube here
as can the others of the series.
Did the spirit of Franciscanism survive in England after the Reformation? This essay focuses on how we "read the world". It's partly background research for "A Pilgrimage in Disguise" and forthcoming projects.
This is a project exploring the Spirit of Place. The music is composed to go with photographs taken on a variety of pilgrimages - some are sacred, though not necessarily conventionally so, other places may have a personal significance. Others may simply be odd.
The full text of my study of Thomas Anson is here. This is a 200pp book, and still work in progress. I am happy to supply a PDF on request.