Saturday, February 12, 2005
"Path to the Invisible" by Pilgrimage 9 Songs of Ecstasy
If you're wondering why I would have a CD with the word "ecstasy" in the title, I have to admit that I ordered the wrong CD from Barnes and Nobles. Instead of getting Mozart's Piano Concerto in A, I ended up getting 9 song of ecstasy, a combination of hip hop and gregorian chant. This is definitely an interesting combination to say the least. I think we should seriously consider studying this kind of gregorian chant in Music History! While listening to this piece, one feels as though they are floating through the solar system drifting between past and present and reality and fiction. The piece begins with a pulsing tonic that gives the feeling of a helicoter taking off. Then there are bells that repeat a do re pattern. A sequence of wind eventually enters. Then, as one imagines deranged voices are going to enter, the most beautiful, pure sounds of latin chant begin. This female voice goes through a symmetrical contrasting period before the instrumental music enters again, this time adding percussion. The second time the voice enters, she sings a double contrasting period. It's actually very challenging to analyze form since free rhythm and mode forms are used and I haven't studied these enough to understand them. All of the periods or phrase groups seem to end on authentic cadences. The last section of the piece sounds like an Egyptian snake call. Very exciting.
Posted by mvittorio at 11:37 AM