Steadyness in chaos – Louis Luangkesorn

I was listening to Danielpour's Concerto for Orchestra and noticing the recurring theme as it passed from part to part, popping up in a variety of contexts.  Sometimes when the overall tone was almost melodious and sometimes when it was present in the midst of conflict and cacophony.  But always there, providing a foundation for all that was going on around this and proving itself adaptable in its many settings.

Among other things, I am teaching a class on disaster preparedness and response.  And one of the principles in preparedness is you have to have a framework that is usable in normal everyday situations and adaptable for all sorts of situations that can arise.  Because a plan of response that cannot adapt will never be used.  And here is a theme that somehow does the same, even as its environment and its place within the environment changes, the theme finds a place.  Sometimes up front.  Sometimes supporting.  But providing a unity to the piece along the way.  A good trait to have in a storm.

3 thoughts on “Steadyness in chaos – Louis Luangkesorn”

  • Like Simon Templar (The Saint, Leslie Charteris), sometimes, when you don’t know what you will encounter (chaos), it’s best not to plan too much. Play it by ear, and have a lot of experience in the range of possibilities.

  • I liked your connection between the music and melodies, and how they carry you through the storm. I’m interested to hear what about the piece made it a storm to you? Was it the rapid tempo changes, structure, etc.?

  • @Doug When you know that you will be entering chaos (e.g. that is what you do) planning means having a way to take in the chaos and make some sense of it, and to respond and work with it. Not planning has a way of extending the period of chaos, or magnifying its effects on you. Sometimes this has very bad effects.
    @Walt It is not changes in tempo, structure per se that cause it. There are times in the piece when there were multiple themes/voices going on at once, one of which was the repeating theme. To me, the multiple voices sounded like they were in tension (not quite conflict) while the underlying theme was almost an anchor that I could grab onto and take in everything else around it.

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