Jeremy Menuhin is widely regarded for his artistry and the
integrity of his interpretations:

‘unfailingly lyrical, exemplary,
exquisitely polished, yet directly expressive’

(The New York Times)

Suite for Two Pianos in the Baroque manner (2016) Composed by Jeremy Menuhin

Why ‘The Voice Of Rebellion?’

My philosophy is simple: we hear tonally. If we write atonally it is because a decision has been taken to write what we don’t hear, similar to a painter painting what he doesn’t see. European musical tradition developed over at least eight centuries, from a single vocal line to a system of complex counterpoint and the subsequent invention of the well-tempered scale in the 17th century. Counterpoint, harmony and modulation are the unique offshoots of this evolution. To abandon this unprecedented language for a tower of Babel is folly and arrogance.

I consider myself rebellious, as I am against the sonic experiments that masquerade as serious music, but in favour of resurrecting the disciplines we have abandoned and which lie at the core of the great European tradition.

Blog

Hello. This is Jeremy Menuhin, composer and pianist. I wish, in this series, to share my reflections about some, mainly musical, subjects that have preoccupied me for a long time. After introducing myself in a first podcast, consisting of a short talk with my wife, Mookie Menuhin, I will discuss Linearity in Music, What we mean by the word Contemporary, the Question of Legato, What we mean by Technique, to mention a few subjects. The discussion occasionally raises philosophical issues, but I hope that might interest you, dear listener, as music touches us on many levels.

I consider myself rebellious, as I am against the sonic experiments that masquerade as serious music, but in favour of resurrecting the disciplines we have abandoned and which lie at the core of the great European tradition.

The biggest musical influences in my life were Nadia Boulanger, with whom I studied composition, and Yehudi Menuhin, with whom I played and recorded many works. He happened to be my father, too.

I hope this series will engage you and allow you to find common ground with my ideas and convictions.

Concluding Segment for each episode:

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