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The Honourable Noël Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate, hosted Michael W. Higgins and me at a special literary event on Parliament Hill
on May 8, 2013. We spoke about our book Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen and the CBC Ideas series based on it. It was gathering of parliamentarians and guests.
I know what I like when …
“The first piece of his that I heard was [title], and I
thought it was an astonishing opera. And then, what I felt when I listened to
his chamber music was that I wanted to stay in this music. Do you understand?
Stay in that atmosphere. Sometimes when you hear contemporary music you may
feel that it is very intellectually interesting, but sometimes you want to get
out of that world. You are not at home. With him you want to stay.”
Christianne Stotjin, the Dutch mezzo-soprano, talking to
James Naughtie in the May edition of BBC
Music Magazine. The “he” she is referring to in the interview is the contemporary British composer Thomas Adès,
but I like the way you can apply this filter to any composer and their works in
any time period.
Still on stream
On January 9, 16, and 23 CBC Radio aired my three-part radio documentary on Henri Nouwen: "Genius Born of Anguish - The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen." Today it continues life as a live-streamed production.
The episodes can be live streamed in Canada (but, sadly, not from any other country because of the "geofence" that has been set up for copyright reasons). Here is the link to the series on the CBC audio streaming service:
This production for the series Ideas, hosted by Paul Kennedy and narrated by Michael W. Higgins, tells the life story of the Dutch-born Catholic priest and prolific author, Henri Nouwen, whose integration of psychological insights and inclusive approaches to spirituality make him an important figure in the history of contemporary culture and spirituality. The series is a collective effort: written and narrated by Michael W. Higgins and produced by Bernie Lucht and me.
A documentary is a major undertaking: 4 years of research, recording interviews in Holland, London, U.S. and Canada, with studio links to California and Australia. The raw material from these interviews, together with materials from various sound archives, formed the basis for what was to become a 3-hour production. In addition to the "word" research was an investigation of all manner of music sources to create just the right kind of "sound world" for the production.
As we worked on the documentary we also produced a "tie-in" book, with the same title. Each of the book's three sections expands the content of one of the episodes. The bronze cover is the original US edition and the red cover is the Canadian edition.
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