For episode 100 of Between Birds of Prey, I decided to create an episode about silence and its influence in music.
With this in mind, the following two hours of music, have been chosen. They start with three songs of an unquiet silence changing progressively to a more peaceful and relaxing silence, ending, although, with a song that reminds the discomfort silence of the first songs of this episode.
- Mazzy Star – Mary of Silence (So Tonight That I My See)
- Krzysztof Penderecki – Dimensions of Time and Silence (Awangarda)
- Luigi Nono – A Pierre, Dell’Azzurro Silenzio, Inquietum (Quando Stanno Morendo)
- Vladimir Godar – Concerto grosso for 12 Strings and Harpsichord – Ground – Largo e Quieto (Concerto Grosso Für 12 Streicher Und Cembalo)
- Vladimir Godar – Partita for 54 Strings, Harpsichord, Kettledrums and Tubular Bells – Canzonetta: Andante Quieto e Cantabile (Partita Für 54 Streicher, Cembalo, Pauke und Röhrenglocken)
- Arvo Pärt – Tabula Rasa – Silentium (Tabula Rasa)
- Adam Hurst – From Silence (From Silence)
- Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante – A Loveless Moment (The North Green Down)
- Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante – The North Green Down VI (The North Green Down)
- Arvo Pärt – Spiegel Im Spiegel (Alina)
- Arvo Pärt – Fur Alina (Alina)
- Erik Satie – Gymnopédie n.º 1 (Gymnopédies)
- Erik Satie – Gnossienne n.º 3 (Gnossiennes)
- Ozymandias – De Silence Et De Pleurs (Layla)
- Max Richter – Alone Together, Part 2 (La Prima Linea)
- Deaf Center – Time Spent (Owl Splinters)
- Fabrizio Paterlini – Silent eyes (Now)
- Rachel’s – Anytime Soon (Systems/Layers)
- Tor Lundvall – The Leaves Change in Silence (Insect Wings, Leaf Matter & Broken Twigs)
The following quotes were read during this episode:
Silence! Oh, well are Death and Sleep and Thou
Three brethren named, the guardians gloomy-winged,
Of one abyss, where life and truth and joy
Are swallowed up.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Fragments, Silence.
All Heaven and Earth are still, though not in sleep,
But breathless, as we grow when feeling most.
Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto III (1816), Stanza 89.
The surest pledge of a deathless name
Is the silent homage of thoughts unspoken.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Herons of Elmwood”, in Kéramos and Other Poems (1878).
Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.
Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus (1833–1834), Book III, chapter 3.
There are haunters of the silence, ghosts that hold the heart and brain.
Madison Cawein, Haunters of the Silence.
There is a silence where hath been no sound,
There is a silence where no sound may be,
In the cold grave—under the deep, deep sea,
Or in wide desert where no life is found,
Which hath been mute, and still must sleep profound.
Thomas Hood, Sonnets, Silence.