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Total Immersion: Jonathan Harvey

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Composer Jonathan Harvey once wrote: “It’s for music to articulate the true nature of man in his blissful, enlightened form. No less than that should be demanded.” That enlightenment could come from many sources. Harvey, the soft-spoken mystic of British music, practises Buddhism, but retains a lingering attachment to the Anglicanism with which he was raised.

Harvey’s music also has a tough-minded modernist core, rooted in a rigorous analysis and synthesis of sounds, often using digital technology. Yet it is full of sensuous appeal. At the root of…

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