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Publisher: Novello & Co

Clear Light, Magic Body (1993)
Novello & Co Ltd
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
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17 Minutes

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Param Vir Clear Light, Magic Body (1993)
Param Vir: Clear Light, Magic Body

Clear Light, Magic Body is a work for solo guitar in four movements inspired by a Tibetan Buddhist icon, symbolising the Buddha as father-mother, or the union of wisdom (female) and compassion (male). This union is explored in two fast-paced outer movements. The second movement, Clear Light, represents the female aspect, wisdom, and the male aspect, compassion, is expressed in the third movement, Magic Body. It was premiered in January 1994 by Jonathan Leathwood, as part of the Park Lane Group concert series at the Purcell Room.

"Clear Light, Magic Body is drawn from a very vivd image of a male and female deity embracing, to make an emblem of compassion fusing with wisdom, the two pillars of Tibetan Buddhism…harmonies and resonances come out of the material of the piece…it contains some of the most beautiful guitar music I know, and some of the boldest"
Jonathan Leathwood, Classical Guitar,3/1/1996
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