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Purcell - there is the strange but frequent claim that Sir Elgar was the one and only true great composer of English classical music (counting Händel into German), definitely forgetting about Purcell.

I hadn't heard her before you posted those first clips in earlier diaries, such a great voice.  I mentioned it to a friend, "Hey!  I heard Dead Can Dance, the singer--"  "Lisa Gerrard, yes.  Excellent voice."

I must admit to a feeling that with your knowledge of music, I'd be hard-pressed to find anything new you'd see as classy, original and that won't remind you of precedents (which I may not know about)... So I was both surprised and pleased I could give you Dead Can Dance :-) But, staying on the theme, here is what Lisa talks about in that interview:

Glossolalia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Glossolalia (from Greek glossa γλῶσσα "tongue, language" and λαλεῖν "to talk") is the vocalizing of fluent speech-like but unintelligible utterances, often as part of religious practice. Its use (including use in this article) sometimes also embraces Xenoglossy - speaking in a natural language that was previously unknown to and that is not understood by the speaker.

I wonder what associations glossolalia throws up in you.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun May 11th, 2008 at 06:12:58 AM EST
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