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“THAIS MEDITATION” BY JULES MASSENET IN ALTZAR’S INTERPRETATION

Today, I take a break from our Australian travelogues to create and post this music video.

Why?

To free myself from bondage toThais.

To find out who she is and how she enslaved me, read this…

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It is becoming a familiar pattern.  My Spirit guides download a piece of music to me, usually in dreamtime. The music grabs me like a python and won’t let go of its stranglehold until I record it.  At first, I have no idea what it is but feel compelled to play it.

During the time of gestation and bondage, the piece possess me completely.  It plays non-stop during all my waking hours.  And probably in dreamtime, too.  I can’t shake it no matter what I try. The only salvation is an eventual recording.

Well, that’s what happened with Jules Massenet’s “Thais Meditation” after we returned from Australia. I started hearing the piece on the flight over. It was on March 1 that I finally identified it and downloaded the sheet music.

What is Thais? It is an opera written by a 19th century French composer Jules Massenet (1842-1912).  It premiered in Paris on March 16, 1894.masternumbers-659x388

“Aha,” I just realized. “Almost 111 years ago to the day.”

And you know me and the number “11” and its derivatives or multiples, like “111.”

[111: Wakeup call. 1:11 or 11:11 is certainly a magical sign. In fact, The Magician card is number 1 in the major arcana of the tarot. When you see repeating 1s, it’s like a wakeup call from the mystical realm. Look around and really pay attention to where you are and who you’re with. This is a cosmic confirmation that you’re moving in the right direction – From: http://astrostyle.com/master-numbers/#sthash.wse8iF2Q.dpuf%5D

I have never seen or heard of the Thais opera before. Not in this lifetime anyway. But I must have heard this Meditation on a CD “Peace” that I have owned and first listened to in Maui in 2005.  Letizia Guiliani -Meditation of Thais 3

When it came to me this time, I saw it actually as music for a ballet or a figure skating performance. Not surprisingly, I discovered that the piece has been used extensively as such by major artists in the world of music and ballet. Even at the Olympics.

What is the Mediation of Thais about?

The Méditation is a symphonic intermezzo performed between the scenes of Act II in the opera Thaïs.  

In the first scene of Act II, Athanaël, a Cenobite monk, confronts Thaïs, a beautiful and hedonistic courtesan and devotée of Venus, and attempts to persuade her to leave her life of luxury and pleasure and find salvation through God. It is during a time of reflection following the encounter that the Méditation is played by the orchestra.

In the second scene of Act II, following the Méditation, Thaïs tells Athanaël that she will follow him to the desert. She surrenders to God. Massenet-1880-by-Pierre-Petit

The piece opens with a short introduction by the harps, with the solo violin quickly entering with the motif. After the violin plays the melody twice, the piece goes into a section marked animato, gradually becoming more and more passionate (Massenet wrote poco a poco appassionato). 

The climax is reached at a place marked poco piu appassionato (a little more passion) and is then followed by a short cadenza-like passage from the soloist and returns to the main theme. After the theme is played twice, the soloist joins the orchestra while playing harmonics on the upper register as the harps and strings quietly play below the solo line.  

Orchestration

The piece calls for solo violin, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 horns, SATB chorus, two harps and strings. The solo violin part is generally played by the orchestra’s concertmaster in an opera setting, or by a featured soloist standing in front of the orchestra in a concert setting. Such as by Katica Illenyi (video) in my today’s rendition.

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And now, with this as a preamble, here’s my version of the Thais Meditation. Now, that i’ve done it, maybe in a few days, my Spirit guides will free me of bondage to it, so I can resume playing some other music. 🙂

A film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – music recorded by on a Clavinova with English Chamber Orchestra as background sound – Katica Illenyi’s (violin) and Letizia Guiliani’s (ballet) Thais interpretations used used for video only

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AUSTRALIA 2015 SLIDESHOW SET TO “THAIS MEDITATION”

March 8, 2015

Today, the International Women’s Day, I take a break from our Australian travelogues to create and post this music video.

Why?

To free myself from bondage to Thais.

To find out who she is and how she enslaved me, read this…story.

But wait, what does the Meditation of Thais have to do with Australia?

For one thing, that’s where it geographically originated. For me.

Perhaps this video interpretation will help explain that answer..

Australia 2015 Slideshow Set to “Thais Meditation” Music – a film/slideshow by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – March 8, 2015

What does the Meditation of Thais have to do with Australia, where it geographically originated?

Perhaps this video interpretation will help answer that question…

Australia 2015 Slideshow Set to “Thais Meditation” Music – a film/slideshow by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – March 8, 2015

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