He loved music from the non-formal scene
He also liked synthesisers because he loved Brian Eno's, or Philip Glass' music, but also that of Nina Hagen and other artists from the non 'formal' scene. I believe it was enough to present him with a subject which he would like for him to catch on it.The quirky prose of Michel Proulx's own English translation of his Scott Ross, Claveciniste - Un Destin Inachevé provides the answer to yesterday's question of which sadly departed classical musician was a fan of the 'mother of punk' Nina Hagen? Michel Proulx's priceless little biography featured in The perfect ethical and musical Christmas present. Scott Ross, who is seen in my header photo, appeared in If you only buy thirty-four CDs this year - buy these, and sadly in The rumours about Aids were spreading, while back in 2007 I followed in his footsteps in France.
I also feel that it is this dilettantism, in the most original sense of the word, which made him so accessible for every audience, because Scott disassociated his instrument from music at large, hence I might also say that he played in the same manner that the 17th and 18th century musicians did in their own time. An era which, far from being restricted to lace and sweeps of the leg, was just as brutal and hard for the body, included among the well to do, than what exists in the Third World today, and a fortiori for musicians; if we shall take this into consideration, it might help us to get away from any insipid prettiness. He, for one, had done this - from Scott Ross - An Unfinished Destiny by Michel Proulx.
There are few photos of Scott Ross. The header image is taken from a small and unattributed photo in Michel Proulx's book which I have not seen anywhere else. The extraordinary power of the image more than makes up for its poor technical quality. Details of photographer and provenance will be added if they come available. There is a powerful but less evocative image of the harpsichordist here. Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Report broken links, missing images and errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk