Adès: Asyla etc.

In our living room we have five shelves on the wall. Three of them are deep and filled with books. Two of them are shallow and filled with cd’s. One with classic, and one with modern music. I always feel a little overwhelmed when I look at all those cd’s, all that music. I have no idea what it all is, what I would like and what I wouldn’t like.

But I like music, and I figured one way to go through them would be as good as any, so I will do it alphabetically. Today, while baking cookies for a sleepover with a friend, I listened to a series of works composed by Thomas Adès: ‘Asyla’, ‘These Premises Are Alarmed’, ‘Chamber Symphony’ and ‘…but all shall be well’.

This is not your typical classical music. It’s dark, it kind of gives you the creeps and is nice to listen to at the same time. It makes me think of music we listened to in Art History from that period where everything went weird in art. I don’t really remember what era exactly, but it was somewhere around Bela Bartók, Stravinsky’s ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’ (which I love by the way) and the Cobra-movement. I don’t know, maybe I’m mixing everything up, but that’s where my associations brought me.

I have to say there is a three-hour gap between when I wrote the first three paragraphs and when I’m writing this line, so I kind of lost my flow. Main point: I like this cd. My kind of music.


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