Friday, September 28, 2007

Robert Ashley - Now Eleanor's Idea

Robert Ashley's Now Eleanor's Idea is a quartet of short operas based on the notion of a sequence of events seen from four, different points of view. At the same time, each opera is an allegory, like Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, for an individual's self-realization within the context of a major religion found in the United States.
Improvement takes its imagery and plot from Judaism, Foreign Experiences from Pentecostal Evangelism, eL/Aficionado from Corporate Mysticism, and Now Eleanor's Idea from (Spanish) Catholicism.

The inspiration for these works came specifically from four sources: the work of the historian, Frances A. Yates (1900-1983), whose specialty of interests included the influence of Kabbalistic mysticism on the birth of modernism and scientific philosophy in Italy in the 16th century (as a result of the expulsion of Jews from Spain during the Inquisition); the writings of Carlos Castaneda (and the arguments about him as a writer and about the intentions of his work).

Label: Lovely Music
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Format: 2xCD
Release date: 2007

1-01 - Change (22:04)
1-02 - The Miracle Of Cars (22:03)
2-01 - Questions and Answers (21:58)
2-02 - The Song (22:26)

Robert Ashley
Lovely Music

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