There were a few — mostly mocking the libretto — but not enough to satisfy them.
I decided not to raise the subject of middle age. You just have to visit his website to discover how he reacts to interviewers who get up his nose. I write music for my friends.
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- The shining heap.
Who was the last person who had that? Britten, I suggest, who was notorious for periodically clearing out his friend cupboard. Does he ever feel that urge?
Will our interviewer make it out of the room without asking the Wrong Question?
I wanteverything to get bigger, bigger, bigger — the idea of a personality cult feels incredibly foreign. He fell in love with the Anglican choral tradition after singing in the choir at an Episcopal church in Providence, Rhode Island.
I ask whether his religious music — the sensational Bright Mass with Canons , for example, in which Renaissance counterpoint is invaded by the stuttering and noodlings of the organ — reflects any Christian convictions of his own. All classical composing is. Muhly has spoken in the past about how that clarity can be clouded by depression — though it helps living in New York, he explains, where people relish talking about therapy and medications.
I bounce an idea off him. How about writing a piece of music capturing the effects of the different drugs — Prozac, Zopiclone, Modafinil etc.
I am walking on the brink of eternity! | The Puritan Board
To have a practical belief in the future eternal states of both Heaven and Hell. Not to be much elated with prosperity. Not to be much dejected by adversity. To more and more be weaned from the world, and to have our conversation more and more in heaven.
To have frequent meditations on death and eternity; and then, when death comes, we may be made, not only submissive to our dissolution — but long to depart, and be ravished in the prospect of our being forever with the Lord. Biographer's note — James Meikle died on the 7th of December, , leaving behind him a name which is better than precious ointment; and a widow and five children, with little on which to depend for future support but the good providence of that God, who, to use his own words, "had guided him through all his wanderings, and supplied him during life to his heart's content.
Composer Nico Muhly on drugs, cults and James MacMillan
The cheerfulness of his disposition continued to the last. Disappointments never soured his temper. Though strict both in his principles and morals, he never appeared sullen or morose; he was rather cheerful, gladsome and merry. There does not appear, for forty years, among all his voluminous papers, notwithstanding the many severe censures which he passes in them upon himself — one expression from which it can be certainly concluded, that he entertained any doubt of his eternal salvation.
This, and the constitutional gaiety of his temper, will account for the surprise which many of his most intimate acquaintances have expressed at the perusal of his writings; and explain what otherwise might be deemed paradoxical — that a man uniformly cheerful in company, should in private, make death and the future world the favorite subjects of his meditations.
To him death was surrounded with no terrors!