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Song for Today: Maddy Prior - The Song of Hiawatha
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Maddy Prior - The Song of Hiawatha (excerpt)




parsifalrain, October 14, 2017

By the shore of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
At the doorway of his wigwam,
In the pleasant Summer morning,
Hiawatha stood and waited.
All the air was full of freshness,
All the earth was bright and joyous,
And before him, through the sunshine,
Westward toward the neighboring forest?
Passed in golden swams, the ahmo
Passed the bees, the honey-makers
Burning, singing in the sunshine
Bright above him shone the heavens
Level spread the lake before him;
From it's bosom leaped the sturgeon
Sparkling, flashing in the sunshine
Passed in golden swams, the ahmo
Passed the bees, the honey-makers
Burning, singing in the sunshine.
Bright above him shone the heavens
Level spread the lake before him;
From it's bosom leaped the sturgeon
Sparkling, flashing in the sunshine.
From the bow of Hiawatha
Gone was every trace of sorrow
As the fog from off the water
As the mist of the meadow

With a smile of joy and gladness
With a look of exultation
As of one who in a vision
Sees what is to be, but is not.
Stood and waited hiawatha
Toward the sun his hands were lifted
Both the palms spread out towards it
And between the parted fingers.
Feel the sunshine on his features
Flecked with light his naked shoulders
As it falls and flecks an oak-tree
Through the rifted leaves and branches
O'er the water floating, flying
Something in the hazy distance
Something in the mist of morning
Loomed and lifted from the water
Now seemed floating, now seemed flying
Coming nearer, nearer, nearer
Was it shingebis, the diver?
Or the pelican, the shada?
Or the heron, the shuh-shuh-gah?
Or the white goose, waw-be-wawa,
With the water dripping, flashing
From it's glossy neck and feathers?
It was neither goose or diver
Neither pelican nor heron
O'er the water floating, flying
Through the shining mist of morning
But a birch canoe with paddles
Rising, sinking in the sunshine
Dripping, flashing in the sunshine
And within it came a people
Can it be the sun descending
O'er the level plain of water
Or the red swan floatin, flying
Wounded by the magic arrow
Staining all the waves with crimson
With the crimson of it's lifeblood
Filling all the air with splendour
Filling all the air with plumage
Yes, it is the sun descending
Sinking down into the water
All the sky is stained with purple
All the water flushed with crimson!
No, it is the red swan floating
Diving down beneath the water
To the sky it's wings are lifted
With it's blood the waves are reddened!
Over it the star of evening
Melts and trembles through the purple
Hangs suspended in the twilight
Walks in silence through the heavens!

Moyne, Ernest John (1963). Hiawatha and Kalevala: A Study of the Relationship between Longfellow's 'Indian Edda' and the Finnish Epic.
Folklore Fellows Communications. 192. Helsinki: Suomen Tiedeakatemia.


if you're living outside the UK, you may watch the above posted video-clip.
Inside Britain, simply try this video:


Some of the lacking images which you can not see as being blocked, I would like to present to you here

and (haunting)

if this trick still does not work, try my Yandex Disc, using the following link to enter and listen to the .mp3 https://yadi.sk/d/Vyt2QL7q3NiJWx

For Firefox, it is introduced an addon which is presented here to circumvent country-blocking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsvqyYmuiMs

Die Geschichte von Kleinadlerauge, das Lied von Hiawatha


Mike Oldfield - Incantations - Hiawatha 1978



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Category: Music
Tags: Mike Oldfield Incantations 1979 Maggie Prior Sally Oldfield Terry Oldfield David Bedford Hiawatha Parsifal

Mike Oldfield - Incantations (Exposed) live (1979)

Michael Gordon 'Mike' Oldfield (* 15 May 1953 in Reading, England) is a British multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter.
He mixes elements of rock, ethnic and classical Music.
After a creative break of three Years (Hergest Ridge) another highlight in the successful History of this exceptional musician appears in 1978: Incantations.
In fact the listener is enchanted in the truest sense of the word while enjoying these 2 records (here uploaded to utube as a single DVD... the LP version came as double LP album).
What started in Tubular Bells (1973), Hergest Ridge (1974) and Ommadawn (1975) is completed on Incantations 1978.

All trademarks of a good Oldfield work are represented here in masses: a purely instrumental album (apart from some choir and vocal parts) with beautiful melodies, varied instrumentation (among others guest musicians contributed flute, African drums, string instruments, trumpet and vibraphones), as usual perfect guitar work with a feeling for atmosphere and crystal-clear sound (music as created for CD).

Here really every sound matches optimally and who really wants to listen to the background will be overwhelmed with some sound details.
A headphone album for the leisure-hours of Life.
Each of the four parts has its own song structure.
The overall experience is never lengthy.
The listener glides from one musical climax to the next and one can only ask oneself the question:
Where did this guy get all these ideas ?

parsifalrain, July 21, 2018 presenting rarified Music


Special goose bumps:
Movement 1 begins with a fairy-like female voice, which is gradually joined by other voices.
After the gong builds up, the full keyboard, flute and string broad side is played.
Such an entry and song structure is simply ingenious !
There's a flute-like keyboard solo that goes straight to the heart !
The 2nd movement starts with ingenious keyboard playing tingling on the skin and increases to Oldfield's unmistakable guitar playing through a meditative string passage.
And this flute (Terry Oldfield) and then these choirs.
Awesome !

In fact, this music has a mystical, evocative, trance-like character, reinforced by the choir's ritual-sounding 'Diana' - the roman Goddess of Nature - and 'Luna' as the roman Moon-Goddess - invocations.
So that the emotional overkill doesn't take over completely, there are relaxed African drums with a calming female vocal part:
Maddy Prior's (– she's the singer with British folk-rock group Steeleye Span) angelic recitation of an excerpt (ca. at minute 27) from 'The Song of Hiawatha', a romanticising poem by the American poet Henry Longfellow, in which the vocals are practically only accompanied by various percussion instruments, is undoubtedly one of the numerous highlights of this album, but Oldfield's sister Sally and The Queen's College Girls Choir also enhance the record with their voices.
Part 3 is the liveliest of the four movements and offers Oldfield a lot of space to play his guitar sounds.
And when you think you can't carry on any longer (due to eargasms), everyone immediately realizes with the 4th movimento:
The master still has an ace up his sleeve (of course, every card game has four aces) !
The beginning sounds like a mixture of Middle Ages and New Age (brilliant !) and thereafter we experience vibraphones at their best !
Afterwards once more guitar in perfection.
I bought this album in 1978 and it still gives me cold shivers down the spine and tears of joy.
Conductor David Bedford
The album as a whole is unusual in that it makes extensive use of the circle of fifths as an accompaniment to many of the musical ideas. Since this musical structure requires that each idea be modulated through twelve keys, before the next is introduced, more time is required to develop each idea, so that each section unfolds more slowly than is usual in Oldfield's work.
A byproduct of this musical structure is that most of the album is not in any-one key, but cycles continuously through them all.

note - the event starts at 2:18 and the music ends at 53.07


in case the video is not available in the UK, watch it on my Yandex Disc https://yadi.sk/i/FzPiRThY3ZPNdy

this is not the whole album, the missing track 'Guilty' is here

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