Composed by Kaiter Enless.
Waltz for kick-drum, accordian and rotary organ; composed by Kaiter Enless.
Judgment of Iron (Sibranth III). Composed by Kaiter Enless.
Composed by Kaiter Enless.
The Ironworks (Sibranth I). Composed by Kaiter Enless.
Regular readers of the site will be aware that circulars have been few and far between of late. That is not because I’ve discontinued the series, but simply because I’ve been focused on various other projects (namely music composition and writing). With that said—Merry Christmas! to all our readers and supporters.
— K. E., Logos Editor.
From Dan Klefstad Elevens (2001) – an new excerpt from his forthcoming novel, Fiona’s Guardians.
From yours truly, chapters 1 through 15 of The Dauntless Rook (a novella), the remasters of the tracks Suzerainty (a march) and Blood For Butterflies (a organ-driven leitmotif), as well as a new arrangement of the track Legerdemain (a waltz) and a short essay on the etymology of culture.
Additionally, for those interested in downloading site-published tracks, the Logos patreon-exclusive music archive is now live (and will be updated daily).
LITERATURE (verse and prose)
From New Pop Lit, the Tale of the Christmas Bear.
From The American Literary Blog, a republication of a Christmas poem, written by the Virginian, W. G. McCabe during the Civil War.
From the always colorful Examining The Odd, a vibrant, eye-catching illustration.
From PMu at the Daily Doodle, a charming Christmas tree sketch.
And a statue of the Roman Sun-God Mithras (whose birthday is Dec. 25th).
For your listening pleasure, a wonderful performance of Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie Overture by Jonathan Scott on the great Willis Organ of Hereford Cathedral. If the title doesn’t sound familiar to you, give it a listen and you might be surprised that you’ve heard (a part of) it somewhere before.
HISTORY & CULTURE
One of the most enduring icons of yuletide in America (and various other places around the world) is Santa Claus. When one thinks of Jolly Ole St. Nick one is likely to conjure an image very similar to that created by the American artist Thomas Nast in 1881, an illustration which Smithsonian Magazine describes as “the face that launched a thousand Christmas letters.”
Sergei Taneyev : String Trio in E-flat major Op. 31 (1910-11) – a performance on violin, viola and cello.
Vasily Kalinnikov – Symphony no. 1. – a majestic symphony.
Frescobaldi’s Toccata by Rob Dougan (Orchestral Session) – a lively, commanding rearrangement of Cassadó Gaspar’s Toccata in the Style of Frescobaldi (1925).
Sergei Rachmaninov : The Isle of the Dead, Symphonic poem Op. 29 – Andrew Davis – performed by the philharmonic orchestra; conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Inspired by the work of the Swiss painter, Arnold Böcklin.
S. Prokofiev : Dance Of The Knights by the Boston Symphony Orchestra – one of the better recordings of the piece I’ve heard (its often played far too fast).
Froberger Suite by Marco Mencoboni – a excellent harpsichord performance.
Given the amount of music which has been published on this site of late, I thought it prudent to briefly list and explain some common muscial terms.
12″ – twelve-inch single (a type of gramophone record).
adagio – a down-tempo passage / a comparatively slow piece (60-80 bpm).
allegro – a up-tempo passage / a comparatively fast piece (120-168 bpm).
chamber – like a classical chamber piece (similar to an orchestral piece, but with fewer instruments).
fugue – a piece that, in its main structure, repeats a theme or themes with variation.
leitmotif – a short motif (theme).
orchestral – like a live or simulated orchestra (similar to ‘chamber’ but with more instruments).
presto – a very fast passage (168-200 bpm).
remaster[ed] – a track that has been subjected to a complete sound-quality modification.
toccata – (from toccare, “to touch”) a piece for keyboard (organ, harpsichord or piano) characterized by intricate variation, swift runs, high harmonies and speed.
All music published to the site is available for download via the Logos Patreon Music Archive.