❴Reading❵ ➿ Orfeo Author Richard Powers – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk

Orfeo ❴Reading❵ ➿ Orfeo Author Richard Powers – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk In Orfeo, Powers Tells The Story Of A Man Journeying Into His Past As He Desperately Flees The Present Composer Peter Els Opens The Door One Evening To Find The Police On His Doorstep His Home Microbiology Lab The Latest Experiment In His Lifelong Attempt To Find Music In Surprising Patterns Has Aroused The Suspicions Of Homeland Security Panicked By The Raid, Els Turns Fugitive As An Internet Fueled Hysteria Erupts, Els The Bioterrorist Bach Pays A Final Visit To The People He Loves, Those Who Shaped His Musical Journey Through The Help Of His Ex Wife, His Daughter, And His Longtime Collaborator, Els Hatches A Plan To Turn This Disastrous Collision With The Security State Into A Work Of Art That Will Reawaken Its Audience To The Sounds All Around Them.

10 thoughts on “Orfeo

  1. says:

    To Els, music and chemistry were each other s long lost twins mixtures and modulations, spectral harmonies and harmonic spectroscopy The structures of long polymers reminded him of intricate Webern variations The outlandish probability fields of atomic orbitals barbells, donuts, sphores felt like the units of an avant garde notation The formulas of physical chemistry struck him as intricate and divine compositions Peter Els was supposed to be a chemist who composed music as a hobby Ins To Els, music and chemistry were each other s long lost twins mixtures and modulations, spectral harmonies and harmonic spectroscopy The structures of long polymers reminded him of intricate Webern variations The outlandish probability fields of atomic orbitals barbells, donuts, sphores felt like the units of an avant garde notation The formulas of physical chemistry struck him as intricate and divine compositions Peter Els was supposed to be a chemist who composed music as a hobby Instead, he became a composer who creates bacterial cultures i...

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    Prefatory thoughts on the nature of geniusIn this era of grade inflation and trophies for showing up, let s assume that the genius label is still meant to be rare It refers, of course, to an exceptional intellectual capacity manifesting itself in extraordinary creative works or IQ scores in the extreme right tail of the distribution I ve now read two Richard Powers books and both have made me think early and often of his own rare brand of genius Part of the pleasure in reading him is his dept Prefatory thoughts on the nature of geniusIn this era of grade inflation and trophies for showing up, let s assume that the genius label is still meant to be rare It refers, of course, to an exceptional intellectual capacity manifesting itself in extraordinary creative works or IQ scores in the extreme right tail of the distribution I ve now read two Richard Powers books and both have made me think early and often of his own rare brand of genius Part of the pleasure in reading him is his depth of understanding in things like music, science, and the creative process Beyond that, his word choices and analogies are consistently brilliant The MacArthur Foundation i...

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    After failing to get past the 50 page mark a few years ago, thought I would give this challenging and head scratching novel another go Was it music to my ears , not quite, a shame it wasn t accompanied by Orfeo The Soundtrack Don t think I will come across anything like this again, it s certainly original, as it s composition is made up of sounds, symphonies and germs.Richard Powers writes of a character you can t help root for, that being the Bioterrorist Bach Peter Els, a seventy year old After failing to get past the 50 page mark a few years ago, thought I would give this challenging and head scratching novel another go Was it music to my ears , not quite, a shame it wasn t accompanied by Orfeo The Soundtrack Don t think I will come across anything like this again, it s certainly original, as it s composition is made up of sounds, s...

  4. says:

    Several of my GR friends have written excellent reviews of this novel, so I ll simply add some adjectives that came to mind as I was reading clever, profound, exquisite, psychedelic, kaleidoscopic, witty, funny, absurd, scary

  5. says:

    What is it you wanted from music, fiction, art Awe Surprise Suspense Refreshment A sense of the infinite Beautyfrom Orpheo Orpheus could make the stones weep, animate the inanimate The love of his life is taken to the underworld Orpheus tries to get her back and creates music to tame the underworld, but he dies at the hands of those that cannot hear his divine musicI always receive news of a new Powers novel with excitement I think to enjoy his novels you must just allow your What is it you wanted from music, fiction, art Awe Surprise Suspense Refreshment A sense of the infinite Beautyfrom Orpheo Orpheus could make the stones weep, animate the inanimate The love of his life is taken to the underworld Orpheus tries to get her back and creates music to tame the underworld, but h...

  6. says:

    A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine chastised me for not reading any recent novels Just a week before that, another friend had lent me this book So I figured I d satisfy both friends and read this.This book is a strange mix of excellence and mediocrity Luckily for me, in this work the two are as distinct and separate as Bach is from Bj rk, so it won t be a challenge to tweeze them apart Let me start with the bad.Richard Powers seems to have learned to write novels by reading cheap thrillers A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine chastised me for not reading any recent novels Just a week before that, another friend had lent me this book So I figured I d satisfy both friends and read this.This book is a strange mix of excellence and mediocrity Luckily for me, in this work the two are as distinct and separate as Bach is from Bj rk, so it won t be a challenge to tweeze them apart Let me start with the bad.Richard Powers seems to have learned to write novels by reading cheap thrillers The characters are walking clich s, the dialogue sounds like it was transcribed from a bad cop show, the plot is filled with false excitement Even worse, Powers has a penchant for similes and metaphors so bad that they could be used in writing classes as instructive examples.Here is a fairly typ...

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    In a true Olympic fashion, I had difficulty and controversy with my reading and ranking of the latest from Richard Powers A much younger Jon would ve been wowed by Powers aplomb navigating the higher harmonies of music and chemistry In fact he treats them as twin summits Grumpy Jon of the present offers a sigh There were times in Orfeo when the pages crackled, the meditation on Messiaen was marvelous and the backtracking through the new music of the 60s and 70s was a historic quilt of perfe In a true Olympic fashion, I had difficulty and controversy with my reading and ranking of the latest from Richard Powers A much younger Jon would ve been wowed by Powers aplomb navigating the higher harmonies of music and chemistry In fact he treats them as twin summits Grumpy Jon of the present offers a sigh There were times in Orfeo when the pages crackled, the meditation on Messiaen was marvelous and the backtracking through the new music of the 60s and 70s was a historic quilt of per...

  8. says:

    Only keep still, wait, and hear, and the world will openRichard Powers, Orfeo All my life I thought I knew what music was But I was like a kid who confuses his grandfather with God TerrorchordNo Not everybody s jam, but for me it resonnated perfectly It was like Powers gradually tightened the D string on this novel, page by page, pushing the natural frequencies, abusing the pitch, gradually twisting the wave harmonics of his prose to a point where the novel and its narrative explode anOnly keep still, wait, and hear, and the world will openRichard Powers, Orfeo All my life I thought I knew what music was But I was like a kid who confuses his grandfather with God TerrorchordNo Not every...

  9. says:

    Music for the End of TimeIf you are a music lover, read this book for its extraordinary insight into the mind of a musician At least listen to its sound track For, as he proved in The Time of Our Singing, Richard Powers is peerless in his ability to recapture music through words As he looks back over the life of American composer Peter Els fictional but so possible he tells his story as much through the music he listens to as by what he writes or does himself He fills many pages at a time wi Music for the End of TimeIf you are a music lover, read this book for its extraordinary insight into the mind of a musician At least listen to its sound track For, as he proved in The Time of Our Singing, Richard Powers is peerless in his ability to recapture music through words As he looks back over the life of American composer Peter Els fictional but so possible he tells his story as much through the music he listens to as by what he writes or does himself He fills many pages at a time with the sound of masterpieces, some familiar, some obscure, all miraculous I knew most of the pieces that first awaken Els to music, so I could hear them in my head Mozart s Jupiter Symphony, Mahler s Kindertotenlieder, Messaien s Quartet for the End Of Time But Powers treats them with a depth of perception and breadth of reference that I know will send me back to my CDs to hear them again through his ears His account of the genesis and performance of the Messaien in a...

  10. says:

    This was a reading experience unlike any other I can recall I felt like an anthropologist walking into a lost civilization or a birder spotting an extinct species Richard Powers novel is fresh, original, and a totally unexpected gift.It takes a prodigious talent to tackle an esoteric subject like music composition while still allowing the subject to be accessible to those not literate in its unique language This story was captivating, challenging, awe inspiring and tender I just found it am This was a reading experience unlike any other I can recall I felt like an anthropologist walking into a lost civilization or a birder spotting an extinct species Richard Powers novel is fresh, original, and a totally unexpected gift.It takes a prodigious talent to tackle an esoteric subject like music composition while still allowing the subject to be accessible to those not literate in its unique language This story was captivating, challenging, awe inspiring and tender I just f...

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