Thursday, December 07, 2006

Excerpt from Robert Fripp's most recent online diary

There has been a terrible lack of Crimson coverage on the blog and I'm terribly sorry for this. We're waiting for the band to get back to work next year but until that happens I present to you an excerpt from Mr. Fripp's diary, as well as a link to read the rest of it. It's dated December 1st 2006. If you're like me, you'll find his writing style amusing and fascinating. Enjoy.
Listening to Soundscapes in Nagoya: Fantasia On The Scheme Of Schizoid is beginning. What’s a fantasia, then? shouts the man, now long overdue for a high colonic, who also shouted you’ve got six strings – play them! at the third G of G3 in the Royal Albert Hall (2004). Certainly dear Sir! Your slightest wish is my most emphatic command!

From the Encyclopedia Britannica…

in music, a composition free in form and inspiration, usually for an instrumental soloist… In England the fantasy or fancy for keyboard, lute, or viola had a late flowering at the time of Henry Purcell (1659–95)… Some composers have exploited the fantasia for its programmatic, or descriptive, possibilities… While appealing particularly to the romantic imagination, the fantasia served, from the beginning, also as a vehicle for instrumental elaboration of vocal music.

This Schizoid Fantasia would not be easily confused with the original Schizoid.

Read the rest here.

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