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    [Orfeo author Richard Powers] EBOOK / PDF ”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

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    [Orfeo author Richard Powers] EBOOK / PDF Richard Powers à 3 summary Prefatory thoughts on the nature of geniusIn this era of grade inflation and trophies for showing up let’s assume that the genius

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    read & download Orfeo author Richard Powers read & download á eBook or Kindle ePUB à Richard Powers Richard Powers à 3 summary 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 uite 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 co

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    [Orfeo author Richard Powers] EBOOK / PDF 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

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    [Orfeo author Richard Powers] EBOOK / PDF “What is it you wanted frommusic fiction art?”“Awe Surprise Suspense Refreshment A sense of the infinite Beauty” from 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 music I always receive news of a new Powers novel with excitement I th

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    read & download Orfeo author Richard Powers [Orfeo author Richard Powers] EBOOK / PDF Richard Powers à 3 summary 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 Björk so it won’t be a challenge to tweeze them apart Let me start with the

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    [Orfeo author Richard Powers] EBOOK / PDF “Only keep still wait and hear and the world will open” ― Richard 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

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    [Orfeo author Richard Powers] EBOOK / PDF His lush descriptions of each symphony and opera had me YouTube'ing each piece to play as I read along Magnificent writing Peter was such a tr

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Orfeo author Richard Powers review ã 103 E people in his past who have most shaped his failed musical journey And through the help of these people his ex wife his daughter and his longtime artistic collaborator Els comes up with a plan to turn this disastrous collision with national security into one last resonant calamitous artwork that might reach an audience beyond his wildest dreams. 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 uilt of perfection My chief complaint was of the Powers template rather than the story revealed here We begin our narrative with Peter Els a composer and scientist This is established as if it were the most natural state of the world I kept waiting for him to encounter a computer engineer who was also an expert in Flemish art history I am serious about that Powers illuminates the world of the brainy and geeky He allows such a platform without guile thus it is practically fantasy I have deeply enjoyed most of Powers work over the last 15 years but I am sensing a constraint on the part of the author Do we need tales of lost love and the jarring confrontation with history and the lesser angels of our natures are a pair of reasons to embrace this novelpostscript view spoiler I did not recognize the inserts as tweets Someone should text Grumpy Jon and tell him he s late to the party hide spoiler

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Orfeo author Richard Powers review ã 103 Seventy year old avant garde composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police outside His DIY microbiology lab the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to extract music from rich patterns beyond the ear's ability to hear has come to the attention of Homeland Security Panicked by the raid on his house Els flees and turns fugit. 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 uite 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 germsRichard Powers writes of a character you can t help root for that being the Bioterrorist Bach Peter Els a seventy year old Avant Garde composer who courses a stir for homeland security They are spooked by the ominous looking lab euipment he has accumulated for his hobby the exploration of microbiological engineering or to put it in simply terms messing with DNA in the hope that music spreads unpredictably like a virus from human to human expressed by a structure that moves elegantly across time transported by a series of echoing motifs Els s has a narcissistic Postmodern desire to make new from old and his Romantic sensibility that soars besides images of birds flight and songHe flees his home and takes to the road after his euipment is seized and a story arises that his playing around with nature had lead to people being infected by a bacterial killer bug Here the novel takes a poignant look back over the life of Peter Els a life fuelled by one big passion classical music It s evocatively written as Els s struggle to resolve inner and outer contraries on art life tradition and originality past and present His road trip is like a trip down memory lane and a getaway doubling as a last gasp pilgrimage to his ex wife Maddy his fractious brother in provocation Richard Bonner and finally his beloved but betrayed daughter Sara Loved ones who seem to have played second fiddle to his music The book is awash with incident both then and now and there are sections of pages at a time when the prose seems to lift up and carry the reader as an orchestra might the words working in perfect consort But here lies my biggest problem there are glorious mend bending descriptive passages on music that tease and temp you will want to stop head to the record player and stick on a soothing minimalistic piece by one of a number of classical geniuses My vinyl collection is about 95% Jazz DamnThere was much to be impressed with some wonderful and exuberant writing which was moving in places but frustrating in others to my Great annoyance Because it s a book I so wanted to fall in love with Like when my ears were first blessed with the sounds of Claude DebussyBut ultimately for me at least the novel was too clever for it s own good like it was written solely for a Peter Els type of person It s not a casual read and reuires total commitment all the way To the virtuoso reader it probably ticks most boxes If only the maestro had emitted organic soundscapes every time I turned a page

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Orfeo author Richard Powers review ã 103 Ive waiting for the evidence to clear him and for the alarm surrounding his activities to blow over But alarm turns to national hysteria as the government promises a panicked nation that the 'Bioterrorist Bach' will be found and brought to trial As Els feels the noose around him tighten he embarks on a cross country trip to visit one last time th. 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 uartet 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 German POW camp especially though based upon a source that he gladly acknowledges is twenty five pages of sheer wonderHalfway through the novel Powers mentions a piece I hadn t heard in many years Terry Riley s In C arguably the seminal work of American minimalism So I found a recording on YouTube and played it as I read on and kept doing this until the end as he mentioned pieces by other composers such as Shostakovich Harry Partch or Peter Lieberson The most striking moment was an almost hallucinatory seuence in which Els on the run from the FBI is in a college town cafe A piece is playing on the sound system Proverb Steve Reich s exploration of a text by Wittgenstein I did not know this at all so stopped to put it on Immediately the music and the words began to entwine with one another Powers was writing as it were in real time as I would read something I would hear it also without even trying to get my bearings But he was doing a lot than just describing a particular piece at a particular time somehow he could summon a whole millennium of music wrapping its end in its beginning casting Reich s pulsing notes as the heartbeat of eternityPlot based descriptions of the novel may make Els seem like some latter day Frankenstein but he really isn t All the same let me explain After retiring from his small college in Pennsylvania Els goes back to his old m tier as a chemist his major in college and experiments with home gene splicing which is apparently less complex than it sounds He is trying to encode a piece of music into a strand of DNA then splice it into a living cell which would perpetuate it for all eternity Early in the book unfortunately this gets him into trouble with Homeland Security the present day framework of the novel spans a period of about a week while he is evading arrest as a suspected terrorist Not so except in the radical sense that all music is terrorism born of the need to destroy old assumptions and open fresh possibility Peter s gene splicing project is both a kind of metaphor for music itself and a bid for immortality For every single one of the pieces that form the sound track to this extraordinary novel has to do with the passing of time and its end in death or silenceAnd so it is in the plot This is the story of an older man looking back at his life his loves and losses his wild inventions all consuming obsessions successes and failures Powers is not uite so good at conjuring up Els own compositions as those of others but he still gives a remarkable account of his progress as a composer from the radical years of the sixties through the eclecticism of the present And he is eually fine as a novelist showing Peter Els as a young man discovering Mahler s music and his girlfriend s breasts at the same time falling in love with the first singer of his Borges songs making worlds afresh with his daughter and then losing it all Creation and loss and the passage of time these are the themes of this book at every level But Peter s road trip through America turns out to be about something else the recapture and repair of the past wrapping its end in its beginning as with the Steve Reich and like music not ending at allReaders who are not musicians will probably not have read this far And rightly so for I am not sure this is the book for you Powers exploration of a man in his time and in eternity is a noble theme in any tongue and he handles it masterfully But he has chosen to tell it through the language of music and that may not be eually accessible to everyoneSix of the works that Powers discusses have been gathered as a YouTube playlistPostscript I am returning to this having just read Powers Gold Bug Variations his landmark novel of 1991 and extraordinarily similar to this one Surely Orfeo must be a deliberate attempt to write a farewell variation on the earlier book bringing its subject up to date and adjusting the proportions Orfeo s Peter Els has progressed to gene splicing in his kitchen but Stuart Ressler the euivalent scientist composer in GBV fifty years earlier works right on the edge of cracking the genetic code The chief musical referent in GBV as its title would indicate is Bach s Goldberg Variations Orfeo is immersed in modernism the music of the postwar period Both have to do with death inheritance and immortality but Orfeo treats the theme lyrically with greater heartbreak Reading GBV it would seem that Powers was trying to get in everything he knew about everything history science mathematics linguistics painting philosophy bursting at the seams as though he would never again write another novel Orfeo is not only slimmer but focused Powers is still the same extraordinary polymath but here he has chosen one medium to carry all the others And this is music in which he is totally superb

  • Hardcover
  • 384
  • Orfeo author Richard Powers
  • Richard Powers
  • English
  • 11 October 2020
  • 9781782391616