Sunday, January 24, 2010
Now we rise and we are everywhere
A sesquialtera is a mixed stop popular in English organs of the 19th century. It uses several ranks of pipes to reinforce the fundamental and produce a brighter (Bryter?) sound.
The sesquialtera stop seen in my header photo was added to the organ in the church of Saint Mary Magdalene in Tanworth-in-Arden in memory of Nick Drake. Below is a view of the 14th century church with Nick's grave visible bottom left.
The words Now we rise and we are everywhere, which are inscribed on the back of his headstone, come from the last track on Nick Drake's final album Pink Moon, recorded in 1971. Read more in A skin too few and I am a camera - St. Tropez 1967.
The overgrown path that brought me to Nick Drake was Brad Mehldau's performance of River Man on his double CD Progression: Art Of The Trio (Volume 5) released in 2000. Wonderful solo performance of the Nick Drake classic on the video below, non-German speakers should fast-forward to 1.00 minutes.
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