Category Archives: Listening to Orpheus

When you see a lofty mountain

When you see a lofty mountain Be reminded of the inner view: The view is the teacher’s mind, Inseperable from the nature of your own. When you see a lovely forest, Be reminded of experiences and realization: Have no hopes … Continue reading

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What is the nature of mind ?

Listening to Orpheus (9) This is a beautifully made documentary  about the life and teaching of H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – a true Vajrayana master, teacher, writer and poet. In my quest listening to Orpheus, I came across his life … Continue reading

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The naked god

Listening to Orpheus (7) This is a fantastic find: the full version of Pina Bausch’s Orphee et Eurydice by Christoph W Gluck, in a performance of the Opéra national de Paris Enjoy this incredible blend of music, dance and song…

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And it was almost a girl…

Listening to Orpheus (6) And it was almost a girl and came to be out of this single joy of song and lyre and through her green veils shone forth radiantly and made herself a bed in my ear. And … Continue reading

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The nostalgia of the infinite

When I started this blog in the summer of 2010, I developed a curious and intense interest in Beethoven and his music. Where I live, many of Beethoven’s later and greatest works have been composed. He had moved to the … Continue reading

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A path into darkness and silence

Listening to Orpheus (5) I love this piece, even though it is so popular and many times just mis-interpreted. The story of the “Moonlight Sonata” is a bittersweet one. Beethoven fell in love with one of his students – Giuletta … Continue reading

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Do you see images when you play ?

Listening to Orpheus (4) What is important is when you play you are telling a story and the listener is getting the story. And then he goes on to demonstrate just how to do that. Daniel Barenboims masterclass on the … Continue reading

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Deep inside their hearing

Listening to Orpheus (3) This is my curious and slightly miraculous turn of attention to an archetype deeply rooted in all of us – Orpheus. The father of music and poetry, the one who lived in communion with nature and … Continue reading

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A basic pulse

Listening to Orpheus (2) Daniel Barenboim teaching a masterclass on Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. A spiritual teaching about the sound of life. Watch the intense connection between teacher, student and the spirit of Beethoven.

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A savage creative storm

Listening to Orpheus (1) A tree ascended there. Oh pure transcendence! Oh Orpheus sings!Oh tall tree in the ear! And all things hushed. Yet even in that silence a new beginning, beckoning, change appeared. …so begin the “Sonnets to Orpheus”, … Continue reading

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