A lullaby in reminiscence of the late Professor Nils-Axel Mörner

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

In response to the obituary of Professor Nils-Axel Mörner right here, Robert Austin commented:

“Talking of Bob Carter [the late geologist and friend of scientific truth], I nonetheless use Lord Monckton’s Bob Carter’s Peal because the ringtone for my cellphone. It’s a beautiful little piece, a shifting tribute to Bob Carter and a recurring reminder of these scientists who’ve bravely taken the onerous street of difficult local weather dogma.

“No strain, however any probability of a Mörner peal, Christopher?”

The late Professor Robert Carter.                  The late Professor Nils-Axel Mörner.

Mr Austin’s suggestion is a wonderful one. Right here, then, is the Laughing Angels’ Lullaby, a berceuse en carillon for the live performance grand piano, devoted to the immortal reminiscence of Professor Nils-Axel Mörner.

The piece, carried out on a Shigeru Kawai 7 ft grand piano, exploits the significantly mellow resonance of that advantageous instrument when performed in the important thing of C Main. The piano turns into a galloping, chuckling, gently repetitive peal of bells, exemplifying the continual, effervescent merriment that Niklas delivered to all the pieces he did and everybody he met. O how I miss him already!

Watch out for listening to the Laughing Angels’ Lullaby whereas driving, for it exploits a strong soporific approach first developed by the Baroque harpsichordist François Couperin in his Ballet des Moucherons Ecossais to thrill the Princes on the court docket of the Solar King, Louis XIV after which to place them to sleep at bedtime. If they’d been diligent at their research, Couperin would play it to them at breakneck pace and they’d leap and dart in regards to the music room whooping and buzzing like Scottish midges, falling all of a sudden and deeply asleep one after the other.

A observe from the Italian Ambassador at Versailles signifies that the Moucherons, when performed reside wherever close to a candle flame, silently snuffs it out. The women of the Courtroom have been terrified the primary time it occurred and it grew to become an everyday celebration piece within the salon. I’ve not experimented with that concept but, although there’s some proof that Gavronsky (Gavreau) and Levasseur, who researched subsonic waveform propagation for the French Military at Marseilles within the 1950s, investigated it.

The sample of Couperin’s insistent ostinato that I’ve tailored and deployed all through the Laughing Angels’ Lullaby was imitated by one or two Classical composers, notably Schubert and Liszt. The approach took two years to be taught earlier than I may use it for composition.

Hearken to this piece not solely to recollect Niklas Mörner but additionally to get to sleep in case you are enduring a bout of insomnia. Lullabies composed utilizing Couperin’s lovely, double-handed ostinato as their thread have the popularity of giving those that hear them and peaceable night time’s sleep. Could Niklas sleep the lengthy and simple sleep of the simply.

He shall not develop previous, as we which might be left develop previous. Age shall not weary him, nor the years condemn. On the taking place of the solar and within the morning, we’ll bear in mind him.

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