Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

Ne rien narrer, simplement être témoin


L’INÉNARRABLE THÉÂTRE DE MA VIE
Jacques Coulardeau et le Théâtre Parisien @ Academia.edu & SlideShare.net (72)
https://www.academia.edu/29806764/L_IN%C3%89NARRABLE_TH%C3%89%C3%82TRE_DE_MA_VIE
&
http://www.slideshare.net/JacquesCoulardeau/linnarrable-thtre-de-ma-vie

Je suis monté sur un praticable devant un public en professionnel dès le début des années 70 pour l’association France-URSS et présenter une lecture de poèmes de Maïakovski dans l’exposition dédié à ce poète russe au Musée des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux. Je n’ai pas arrêté depuis et les scènes se sont succédées, les micros radios à partir de 1979, et tous les genres y sont passés. J’ai écrit pour le théâtre (Centre Dramatique National de Béthune et Théâtre Louis Richard de Roubaix) et j’ai bien sûr écrit et produit des heures et des heures de poésie, théâtre et autres formes littéraires pour la radio, pour des radios, Radio Quinquin, Radio Canal-Sambre, Radio Craponne, RCF et quelques autres encore, sans parler du travail de critique de spectacles vivants, de cinéma ou de littérature.

J’ai assisté à des centaines de pièces, d’opéras, de ballets, de festivals, de concerts et les ai couverts pour les radios mais aussi pour Liberté, quotidien de Lille, L’Éveil de la Haute-Loire du Puy en Velay, et de nombreuses publications universitaires ou volumes consacrés à Shakespeare et d’autres. Ma collaboration avec Maurice Abiteboul et sa revue Théâtres du Monde remonte à la fin du siècle dernier. Je dois dire que la liberté de style et de ton n’est pas toujours facile à conquérir.


La révolution informatique, la quatrième révolution industrielle comme certains veulent la nommer, ou encore la révolution de l’automation ou de la robotique ou de l’intelligence artificielle, selon les écoles des uns et des autres, rend aujourd’hui la pratique du théâtre en tant que spectateur, chercheur ou même reporter plus flexible puisqu’on a alors le « spectacle dans un fauteuil » si cher à Alfred de Musset.

On a ainsi le monde entier au bout de sa télécommande ou de son lecteur DVD du moins si les spectacles sont disponibles dans ce format. Et le dépaysement disparaît de nos cerveaux puisqu’on se fait de plus en plus à la diversité d’un monde qui est des plus infinis. On peut ainsi passer de Londres à New York, de Shanghai à Moscou, du Cap à Toronto, et bien d’autres endroits encore qui nous deviennent ainsi familiers.

Dans ce qui suit les trois premières parties portent sur le théâtre parisien, principalement des auteurs vivants ou du moins contemporains, puis une escapade dans la revue Théâtre du Monde d’Avignon et enfin une liste à peu près exhaustive de mes écrits qu’on dira de recherche, universitaire ou non, sur le théâtre. Beaucoup d’autres choses existent sous forme d’inédits que le monde d’aujourd’hui nous permet plus facilement de publier, distribuer et diffuser. Mes pièces de théâtre sont hélas dans des formats papiers aujourd’hui totalement hors de circulation et qu’il me faudrait scanner et re-publier.

Un projet comme un autre : 36 Sans épouvante et sans souliers, Verte Verte la Rainette, César et Constantin, Jean Meunier et tout le répertoire radio pour la plus grande partie inédit, sans parler de l’anglais (quatre pièces jouer au Festival de Bradford, 1994).

En ce moment je suis sur les 21 opéras, et œuvres vocales que je classe dans ce genre, de Benjamin Britten pour y étudier la figure de l’étranger. Un travail énorme dont les notes rédigées aujourd’hui comptent 77 624 mots. Je viens juste de terminer ce travail exploratoire. Il ne reste plus qu’à écrire un article de 10 000 mots. Une bagatelle en quelque sorte.

Je vous donne donc ici des écrits sur le théâtre relativement récents dont la plupart sont des critiques en général publiées sur Amazon.fr quand en français et tous les Amazon quand en anglais. Je dois dire que j’écris infiniment plus en anglais qu’en français.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU

Research Interests:
Diversity, Tolerance, Ibsen, Voltaire, Henrik Ibsen, Contemporary French Drama, Marivaux, Classical French Tragedy,French Classical Comedy, French Vaudeville, Paris theatres, French playwrights, and Gay Paris



Monday, March 20, 2017

 

Pour briller en société, encore faut-il le vouloir!

Je me Trump ou bien j’ai tort !

Mais non, pas le moins du monde, ni pile ni face, ni aucun des côtés de la lune. Vous ne pouvez que vous Trumper et en même temps avoir totalement tort.
Vous devez comprendre que le FBI a une caméra dans chaque four à micro-ondes de la planète.
Et la CIA a des micros hyper sensibles dans chaque lampadaire qui grâce à EDF reçoivent l’Internet et captent vos téléphones.
Et je ne dirai rien de Putin qui a osé l’inosable, et il a engagé les meilleurs hackers de Microsoft pour prendre le contrôle du Sacré Cœur et de la Tour Eiffel. Il annonce Versailles la semaine prochaine.
Mais vous ne savez pas la meilleure ! L’ado pubère de Corée du Nord a réussi à implanter des micro-processeurs transmetteurs sur des souris et il vient d’en lâcher un millier Place de la Concorde. C’est la cacophonie garantie à Pyongyang.
Mais vous êtes encore en retard d’un train, et à grande vitesse en plus. Xi a fait encore mieux. Il a mis au point une machine lectrice des gammes Béta du cerveau humain. Chaque Chinois dans le monde qui a un téléphone est en fait un récepteur émetteur de toutes les gammes Béta de milliards de pauvres péquins.


Et je viens juste d’apprendre qu’il a proposé à Wikileaks de publier toutes les transcriptions, ce que Julian Paul Assange a immédiatement accepté . . . à condition que les Chinois acceptent de le libérer de l’Ambassade de l’Equateur et de lui offrir un refuge, avec ou sans étoile, mais avec vue sur la mer, dans le désert de Gobi. Xi a répondu qu’il allait y réfléchir.
Et Sony a breveté la machine à voter à distance pour truquer les élections françaises. On n’arrête jamais les Japonais.

Jean Epicier, Bobardiseur Presse, Maison Blanche


Sunday, March 19, 2017

 

Romania in heroic fantasy science fiction


Serban V.C. ENACHE @Amazon (78)

Serban VC Enache, Fantastic-Heroic Novelist

Serban VC Enache, Romanian Novelist 


http://www.slideshare.net/JacquesCoulardeau/serban-vc-enache-romanian-novelist



Abstract:

Welcome to my tiny shady spot of a realm
http://serbanvcenache.blogspot.fr/ 

I'm a 27 year old fiction writer interested in economics, history, metaphysics, science, technology, comedy, and politics. My medieval fantasy series Of Hate And Laughter has come at last. This universe of mine is one of infernal majesty.

Born on March 25, 1989, in Bucharest/Romania. Single parent child. I blame my mother for the long-ass name. Licensed in journalism. Creator of the Of Hate And Laughter series. This universe is one of infernal majesty; it's my heart and soul. If it matters to anyone, my sun sign is Aries, moon sign is Scorpio, mars sign is Gemini. I don't believe in astrology, by the way ^_^. My interests are: MMT (modern monetary theory), politics, history, literature, tv-shows, movies, games, music (from epic soundtracks to gothic metal), and I enjoy walking the green and concrete. I'm a deficit owl and social progressive. I'm also pretty good at drawing. My favorite author is Garth Marenghi (look him up). My favorite comedian is George Carlin. My favorite sitcom is NewsRadio. My favorite actor is Phil Hartman. 
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016QAHT60/
 
Research Interests:
Dystopian Literature, Slavery, Science Fiction, Mythical-Heroic Sagas, Utopianism, Feudalism and Lordship, Fiction, Fantastic Literature, Blood Vengeance, and Political Treachery







 

Traumatic Virtual reality


R.V. JOHNSON – BEYOND TERRA – A NOVELLA IN THE FLOW OF POWER – 2016

A very strange novella. The first third of it looks like some video game on some console and as such has little suspense because little humanity, empathy or simply compassion. We know this character, Trenton Bonner, has a mission that he won – that was entrusted to him – because he accepted to be genetically modified by some implant in his spine that gave him back the use of his legs. He has to reach the top level of his Terra world to do something we do not know exactly but that would save his fellow human beings who are never described and are dying in the lower tier of his world. This world is divided in three layers or tiers, Lower Realm, Mid Realm and High Realm, the whole “thing” identified as the Mountain. After one third of the simple climbing up this mountain and showing his expertise at doing impossible things that are only possible on video game consoles, he reaches a warehouse in High Realm and there he more or less by accident and curiosity recuperate a red orb that gives him power and he tries then to reach the two obelisks there and the orb apparently starts a reaction that sends him travelling into a new world.

The second third is the discovery of this second and new world. The characters finally become somewhat human in appearance but they are all vicious, cynical, untrustworthy, felonious, treacherous, and many other negative characteristics of this general sort: obnoxious and hostile, and I have like the inclination to say, particularly women. But it is true men are not better though maybe less numerous. And you can be sure that if a woman seems to be helpful she is going to stash a dagger in your back or cut your throat, and if she revives you it will only be to steal something from you before dispatching you on the road to hell.

He will manage to get beyond this second world that will turn up into an extension of it and he will reach some gate that should take him back to Terra, his original Mountain. What a feast!


It is interesting to get along in this world and since it is a novella you do not have the long descriptions that would make the reading slow, nor the tenuous mental and unspiritual descriptions of the psyche of these virtual reality characters which would be absolutely unhelpful since the logic is not humane nor humanly sympathetic to the lot of any of these characters, even the main one. And that’s why the novella works in its own way, why we follow the story and do not skip paragraphs. In other words, it is just what it has to be to satisfy the curiosity of an averagely curious reader, a young man around 16, and it has to be a young man since the main character is a man to whom women cannot identify, and since women are either purely physically appealing on the surface and treacherous one layer deeper, or openly viciously hostile, I don’t see how women could project themselves into the story. But that is very standard with a majority of video games.

The philosophical – or maybe simply existential – vision of this universe is cataclysmic: a world of strict hierarchical social architecture with highly social exploitation of the lower levels by the top ones seen as a monarchy, though it might be what some leftist politicians in some countries call a monarchical republic, or a presidential monarchy. The magic is the simple magic or press a button or a symbol in the top left corner or half way on the left side and the world A dying under a terroristic nuclearized apocalyptic tyranny will instantly shift to world B which is not better since it is the same kind of tyranny with a supreme council that can be hijacked by its own president, or first councilor, and with a constant and oppressive presence of military personnel. We are living in a world that has to be either cathartic for the players who are not too evil (they will be able to be bad in the game in order to remain good in real life) or both traumatic and vindictive-making for the players who do not control their death instinct or who enjoy their death instinct when directed at other people, players who enjoy making other suffer or dying slowly, and some will eventually do it in real life for the entertainment of security forces and populist politicians.


Some will tell me that’s the rule of fantasy. But that’s not really the case in Tolkien who spent a lot of imagination and energy to build the psychology of the main characters shown as humane and human-oriented in empathy and sympathy, even when dealing with the evil forces they had to defeat. Trenton Bonner is more naïve and easily fooled by evil people and apparently he is the only one who maybe has some humanity in him. The Hobbit is human and humane because he is in a band of similar people, though all rich in psychological, psychic and supernatural diversity.

Enjoy the adventure, well the first episode of the adventure.


Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU

 

Trevor Noah - Trump Great Start On Ruining America - The Daily Show (Mar...





I love Trump because he is a tragic and vicious comedian and he got elected because he was entertainment

Saturday, March 18, 2017

 

Truth is always fair use and copyright protects it!


Copyright & Fair Use, @ Amazon Kindle & Academia.edu

Freedom of Expression and Copyright, The Foundations of All Liberties

https://www.slideshare.net/JacquesCoulardeau/freedom-of-expression-and-copyright-the-foundations-of-all-liberties



Abstract:

This is the synthetic presentation of both the Kindle 210 pages of personal notes, reviews, discussion and presentation of the documents available in free open access at academia.edu on one hand, and the said 550-page volume of documents on academia.edu on the other hand.

Two synthetic introductions and the two Tables of Content and some illustrations on the very subject of Copyright, Fair Use and the Freedom of Expression.

My personal study of the documents can be reached at any Amazon's Kindle Store
File Size: 1606 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Editions La Dondaine; 1 edition (March 13, 2017)
Publication Date: March 13, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B06XNJZ4W6
Text-to-Speech: Enabled  
Word Wise: Enabled
US$5.00 - €4.68 - £4.19
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XNJZ4W6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1489527345&sr=1-1&keywords=Coulardeau%2C+freedom+of+expression 

Documents: Freedom of Expression and Copyright, The Foundations of All Liberties
https://www.academia.edu/31829015/Freedom_of_Expression_and_Copyright_The_Foundations_of_All_Liberties 

The Kindle book will need the documents and you can download them at no cost.
 

Research Interests:

Censorship, First Amendment Law (USA), Copyright, Freedom Of Expression, Fair Use, US Supreme Court and Moral Rights of Authors

Friday, March 17, 2017

 

One more evil queen!

SUSAN FAW – SEER OF SOULS – BOOK 1 – ON THE SPIRIT SHIELD SAGA – 2016

This novel has a magical feel and taste that makes it appealing I guess to young people who still have some imagination and can still accept the world is not only what they have been told at school or on television. The world has secret passages, dungeons at times very deep under beautiful chateaux and mansions. Appearances may have to be kept but they are only appearances and nothing else, and Mrs. Bouquet is nothing but a Mrs. Bucket. Reality is always deeper. The author works on that depth in different directions.

First there is the depth of beyond the borders, of the foreign country over there where people are different in a way or another, darker or of a different religion. They are called Primordials and as such have a dimension that is slightly magic. The next dimension of this depth is to make the Prince of the kingdom in which the action takes place fall in love with a Primordial Princess and they get married and have twins, but before or at the time when the twins are born another depth appears: the sister of the king eliminates her own brother to seize power and become an absolute and violent monarch that is going to start or multiply the conflict with Primordials to the death if possible.


But Susan Faw wants to dig deeper and she makes the world of gods and goddesses a very contradictory world with a dark goddess behind the murderous sister and a goddess of light behind the twins, a boy and a girl who are now in the present of this novel a man and a woman, about 17 years old. The union of a man from here and a woman from over there produce a supernatural couple that are entrusted with the possibility to communicate and protect the souls of dead people who are waiting to be reincarnated again.

And go farther again and have wizards behind that young man, Cayden, the new king and that wizard, and there will soon be more, is able to help the young man to recapture his throne and to reunite his people. Unity in a country is not imposed by force but must be emerging from the people themselves when the proper incitation is provided by the proper leader.

That’s where I have a reserve. I do not see why the new king has to be a king and the evil queen has to be a queen. When you cut the vision of the world in two, with good on one side and evil on the other side, since there are only two sexes, you have to choose which sex is evil and which sex is good. Women are kept in secondary position too much and what’s more the only evil leader is a woman. The Charuns are understood as being male for sure but they are serving the evil queen. And around Cayden, you have a lot of men and only two female characters, one Primordial Seeker and one female wolf, plus his sister that has been taken away from the action.


Yet you will like the novel because it is positive since evil forces are defeated, because they are not evil enough: they kept one wizard alive and they do not execute Cayden as soon as they realize he is dangerous: even if he were not the son of the late king, to assassinate him would not have been that bad a crime among the thousands of other crimes they committed. And why on earth did they keep the King’s guards alive even if they banned them from the capital city? It is obvious if they had been evil to the highest level possible, it would have been difficult to bring the evil queen down since there would have been no one to oppose her. So that evil queen is not that evil after all.

That’s just what makes this novel fit to young people or old teenagers. Boys or girls alike, though women are in a rather secondary position. I like the female wolf particularly. A good idea.


Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU



 

The nudity of truth is at times disquieting

FOREVER – IOAN GRUFFUDD – 2014-2015

That’s a one-year series with twenty-two episodes of forty-one minutes that comes to a conclusion that cannot be stepped over without the series becoming repetitive and thus boring if it did. Imagine one man who has lived for more than two centuries and is we’ll say eternal, in fact, he will never die but he was born. He had a starting point but he has no end. So he is living a never-ending life. In such a series you cannot really discuss the central element without violating the whole suspense.


It discreetly deals with the Second World War and Auschwitz since Dr. Henry Morgan (is he a relative to Dexter Morgan?) has a son who he recuperated as a new born baby when he liberated Auschwitz, which by the way is impossible since it was liberated by the Russians. But well, let’s dream a little bit. He is called Abraham and his mother, Dr. Henry Morgan’s wife at the time who discovered and adopted Abraham in the same circumstances and at the same time as Dr. Henry Morgan did, disappeared from their life when she was seventy-two or something along that line. Abraham wants to know what happened to her, since she was not eternal but was mortal. Abraham and Dr. Henry Morgan will manage to find the truth about this disappearance. It is sad and re-comforting in a way.


But there is another never-dying chap in the story, a lot older since he was killed the first time with one of the daggers that killed Julius Caesar. This chap considers that being killed a second time with the same weapon is the only way to stop this curse of a never-dying life. So Dr. Henry Morgan has to find that haunting stalker and to neutralize him. Add to this the fact that Dr. Henry Morgan was killed on a slave ship owned by his own father when he tried to liberate the slaves and imagine the fact that the ship got wrecked somewhere along the coast of New England or North East USA and it is brought back to the surface one day and they could not find the several hundred skeletons that should have been the slaves. The mystery and plot definitely thickens.


And what’s more since Dr. Henry Morgan is working in the local morgue in New York, he is in contact with Detective Jo Martinez, who has lost her husband in unclear circumstances. It does not matter how anyway since the only thing we have to know is that she is a widow and her husband was the attorney general in New York or something close to that.


You thus have several lines that are crisscrossing one another and that interweaving makes the story funny, at times slightly hilarious because every single time Dr. Morgan is killed he is resuscitated in the East River in the nude and is arrested several times for exposing and exhibiting himself in full nudity in some public place. Every episode is a criminal case. Then Dr. Henry Morgan is running after his stalker, named Adam, which is a frankly naïve name, to neutralize him, since Dr. Henry Morgan is no killer. Then Dr. Henry Morgan and Abraham have to find what happened to their wife and mother. We have to learn a little bit about the distant past and the not so distant past. And we have to deal with Detective Jo Martinez who is not completely blind to the bizarre situation of Dr. Henry Morgan.


That makes the series palatable and even at times very successful. Enjoy that new Morgan in your series universe, and remember we always need to have a little Morgan in some closet or cabinet in case of some emergency.


Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

 

Copyright and Fair Use, the conditions to our freedom of expression


Copyright & Fair Use, @ Amazon Kindle & Academia.edu


Abstract:

This is the synthetic presentation of both the Kindle 210 pages of personal notes, reviews, discussion and presentation of the documents available in free open access at academia.edu on one hand, and the said 550-page volume of documents on academia.edu on the other hand.

Two synthetic introductions and the two Tables of Content and some illustrations on the very subject of Copyright, Fair Use and the Freedom of Expression.

My personal study of the documents can be reached at any Amazon's Kindle Store
File Size: 1606 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Editions La Dondaine; 1 edition (March 13, 2017)
Publication Date: March 13, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B06XNJZ4W6
Text-to-Speech: Enabled  
Word Wise: Enabled
US$5.00 - €4.68 - £4.19
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XNJZ4W6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1489527345&sr=1-1&keywords=Coulardeau%2C+freedom+of+expression 

Documents: Freedom of Expression and Copyright, The Foundations of All Liberties
https://www.academia.edu/31829015/Freedom_of_Expression_and_Copyright_The_Foundations_of_All_Liberties 

The Kindle book will need the documents and you can download them at no cost.
 

Research Interests:

Censorship, First Amendment Law (USA), Copyright, Freedom Of Expression, Fair Use, US Supreme Court and Moral Rights of Authors

Sunday, March 12, 2017

 

Copyright and fair use (1100-2016): documents


Freedom of Expression and Copyright, The Foundations of All Liberties


Abstract:

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The commentaries and presentations that are published separately in a Kindle edition represent in size about 40% of the size of this volume of documents. These commentaries and presentations contain about 154,000 words with a 5,740-word synthetic introduction as compared to 443,000 words in this volume of documents. I would advise you to get to this Kindle volume launched on March 15, 2017. This Kindle volume contains a lot of complementary resources on various legal aspects or national systems necessary to assess the future of Copyright in the world.

(P.4 Preliminary Note
P.5 Table of Contents
P.9 Charter of Liberties of Henry I, 1100
P.11 Magna Carta, The Great Charter of English liberty granted (under considerable duress) by King John at Runnymede on June 15, 1215
P.17 Medieval Torture and Punishment
P.29 The 10 Most Gruesome Torture Techniques From Medieval Europe
P.36 THE CHARTER OF KURUKAN FUGA (1235-1236) (By SIRIMAN KOUYATE)
P.39 William Wallace (1272 – 23 August 1305)
P.39 Blind Harry’s Wallace, by William Hamilton of Gilbertfield, introduction by Elspeth King and Illustrations by Owain Kirby, reviewed by Sharma Krauskopf and rated
P.42 UTOPIA, Sir Thomas MORE
P.79 Stationers Company Charter Granted by Philip and Mary and confirmed by Elizabeth I. [1557]
P.82 John STUBBS, The Discovery of a Gaping Gulf Whereinto England is like to be Swallowed by Another French Marriage, if the Lord Forbid Not the Banes, by Letting Her Majesty See the Sin and Punishment Thereof.
P.84 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Titus Andronicus
P.137 The King's Majesty's Declaration to His Subjects Concerning Lawful Sports to Be Used (1633) 
P.141 The Petition of Right 1628
P.143 A DECREE OF STAR CHAMBER CONCERNING PRINTING. MADE JULY 11, 1637.
P.153 The Root and Branch Petition (1640)
P.157 June, 1643, An Ordinance for the Regulating of Printing.
P.159 AREOPAGITICA, A SPEECH OF Mr. JOHN MILTON 1644 For the  Liberty of UNLICENC'D PRINTING, To the PARLAMENT of ENGLAND.
P.177 LEVIATHAN (Excerpts) By Thomas Hobbes 1651
P.201 The Declaration of Breda, (1660)
P.202 Charles II, 1662, An Act for preventing the frequent Abuses in printing seditious treasonable and unlicensed Bookes and Pamphlets and for regulating of Printing and Printing Presses.
P.201 Habeas Corpus Act (1679)
P.214 BILL OF RIGHTS (1689)
P.218 The Statute of Anne (1710)
P.221 Witchcraft Act of 1736
P.223 MARRIAGE AND LIFE EXPECTANCY,HARDWICKE’S MARRIAGE ACT 1753
P.227 The Case of JAMES SOMMERSETT, a Negro, on a Habeas Corpus, King's Bench: 12 GEORGE III. A.D. 1771-72.
P.230 Donaldson v. Beckett, Proceedings in the Lords on the Question of Literary Property, February 4 through February 22, 1774


P.251 UNITED STATES DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
P.253 UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION (September 17, 1787)
P.258 UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, AMENDMENTS 1-10 (December 15, 1791) « Bill of Rights »
P.259 UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, AMENDMENTS 11-27 (February 7, 1795- May 7, 1992)
P.264 COPYRIGHT IN THE USA, A TIMELINE, SUMMARY AND COMMENT. From 1787 to 2006
P.266 1st Copyright Law of the USA, enacted during the 2nd session of the 1st Congress, May 31, 1790, signed by President George Washington
P.268 THE SCARLET LETTER, 1850, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
P.345 EREWHON, OR OVER THE RANGE, Samuel Butler, 1872
P.422 Copyright Law, By Mark F. Radcliffe and Diane Brinson of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary
P.425 U.S. Code: Title 17 – COPYRIGHTS
P.429 WIPO Copyright Treaty (adopted in Geneva on December 20, 1996)
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) (adopted in Geneva on December 20, 1996)
P.445 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. S.505 One Hundred Fifth Congress of the United States of America AT THE SECOND SESSION
P.450 The Campaign Against the Mickey Mouse Act, A sample of reactions
P.459 UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT, ERIC ELDRED ET AL v. JOHN D. ASHCROFT, ATTORNEY GENERAL – CASE N° 01-618
P.504 Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act (2004)
P.524 The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act – Various Critical Resources 
• First Document, Copyright case threatens Disney, David Teather in New York, The Guardian, Wednesday 20 February 2002 02.24 GMT
• Second Document, 10th anniversary of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act: Can the good guys overturn it? (October 29th, 2008)
• Third Document, Opposing Copyright Extension, A Forum for Information on Congress's Recent Extension of the Term of Copyright Protection and for Promoting the Public Domain
• Fourth Document, freeculture.org, STUDENTS FOR FREE CULTURE – MANIFESTO
• Fifth Document, Cereal Solidarity brought to you by freeculture.org
• Sixth Document, Lawrence Lessig's Supreme Showdown, STEVEN LEVY, MAGAZINE, DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10.01.02
• Seventh Document, Art History Club, Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act
• Eighth Document, CEPR, Center for Economic and Policy Research, “The Artistic Freedom Voucher: An Internet Age Alternative to Copyrights,” Dean Baker, November 5, 2003
P.541 FAIR USE, Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use (November 2005)
• FIRST APPROACH, WILLIAM F. PATRY – PATRY ON FAIR USE – 2014 EDITION
• SECOND APPROACH, PATRICIA AUFDERHEIDE & PETER JASZI – RECLAIMING FAIR USE – 2011
• THIRD APPROACH, DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS
 

Research Interests:

Music, Censorship, Intellectual Property, Medieval History, Public Domain, Copyright, Torture, Freedom Of Expression, Artistic Research, Authorship, Fair Use, Copyright and Fair Use Doctrine, and European Copyright Law

Saturday, March 11, 2017

 

Mourning and expecting death

BACH – TELEMANN – PHILIPPE JAROUSSKY – SACRED CANTATAS – 2016

One voice, two composers so different yet so much alike. Bach the totally one-pointed Protestant who believes life has only one end, I mean objective, and that life has to be lived so that the end is reached in the best possible conditions for our soul, if we want to have any honorable Christian future beyond this passage to death, to eternal life, a passage that has no right of passage: just submit to your lot and try to be as good a Christian as you can and hence as successful in this life at what you are doing as possible. Telemann is a man of fire who sees in the world nothing but hatred and vengeance, ugly crimes and horrible sins. Life is fundamentally bad. It is hell on earth and as the good Christian Telemann wants to be he has to wait for the end, for death, that very death that will put all that ugliness beyond reach, that will make us, enable us to escape from that ugliness. Of course you have to wait for it to come by, but Telemann prays and begs Jesus to permit him to share his death, his lot, his resurrection in his father’s realm. But as long as he will live he will be confronted to that ugliness.


Bach’s “Vergnügte Ruh” is a complaint to death and life, to the soul that saves the believer from the world that tries to drag him down. The soul is all-powerful in salvation, but the heart is all-perverted in sinful life and perdition. There is no hope but to concentrate on your soul and to isolate, refrain your heart that is so easily tempted by Satan. Luckily Jesus can help the soul to go on living as good as possible in this world of temptation. Philippe Jaroussky reaches in this tortured situation, in this ripped open mind and personality of this individual Christian that is torn apart between his soul and his heart. He reaches some luminous summits in serene pain and in exquisite belief that when the end comes his life will speak for his soul and not his heart. There is some absolute certainty in this deep pain. Suffering becomes beauty, death becomes a promise in tone and in vocal color. And it can end in an aria that is so light, gay, dynamic like a funfair merry-go-round that makes the repentant sinner beg for the end to be able to capitalize on his soul during his life to reach what he calls Himmelszion, the promised land of heavens that can only be reached at the end of the long ordeal of this life.


Telemann’s “Die stille Nacht” is the dirge of a suffering sinner, because any Christian in this life is a sinner and they must suffer for their sins though they cannot prevent them. When Bach had a choice in this life, Telemann sees no choice at all. He uses in the first aria a sentence that- expresses this lot, this curse. “’Ich bin betrübt bis in den Tod.” There is no hope, no escape and this sadness that brings his soul to despair, this suffering that crushes his bones, this agony he suffers in soul and body, resounds from the very first notes, repetitive violin chords that punctuate the fall into that abyss of torment. And the sentence I have just given is sung in such a way that we are fascinated by the mesmerizing hypnosis this sinner contemplates.

“Ich bin betrübt / bis in den Tod / bis in den Tod
“Ich bin betrübt / bis in den Tod / bis in den Tod
“Ich bin betrübt / bis in den Tod / bis in den Tod”


The line is thus cut up into three segments and repeated three times, NINE the number of the beast. No escape from this beast and this beast will come back after the soul and its despair, after the bones being crushed and after the terrible agony that is suffered, this beast will come back a second time in its thrice ternary structure. NINE again, the beast to start with, the beast to end up with and in between just plain pain and suffering, alive of course.

And the second aria starts with the request of Jesus to his father to take the cup of his future suffering on the cross away. Philippe Jaroussky sings it as if it were love, love with no restraint- from a little child to his father, as if it w


And that leads to the third aria, an aria of hope, maybe, of witnessing for sure of Jesus’ mission and achievement. Telermann calls all human children and all sinners to see Jesus in his saving ordeal of a crucifixion. And the spectacle is one of sadness in hope, or hope in sadness, of some kind of erring in the vocalises as if the soul was stammering in front of the agony, the long hours of pain leading to death and yet to salvation.


Bach’s “Ich habe genug” is surprising in just some sort of homesickness of the soul that is longing to go back to the home it has come from, the divine essence it has descended from. That is so well expressed by Philippe Jaroussky in the first aria. The title which is also the first line has two meanings. “Genug” like in “OK! That will do! That’s enough!” but also “genug” like in “I have enough of Jesus in me to bear all that perverted life and to climb back up to my divine origin.” And the conclusion is that the sinner is ready to go, ready to leave this life behind, happy in the Jesus he has integrated in his soul, in his being, in his Christian mind.


This aria and the next one reveal a repetitive music that has a very strong effect on the congregation that listens to it and that even takes part in it as if it were impossible not to sing along this long lamentation. We are hypnotized and mesmerized into entering the song, the psalm, the arias, the total submission to this moment of light and conviction that we are one step away from rejoining Jesus in his eternal life. Rebellion has in any possible way been excluded and rejected by Bach and the second aria “Schlummert ein” is like a lullaby sung by ourselves to ourselves to put ourselves to sleep, both meaning intended since we are ready for the big departure. The contemplation of one’s own death is pathetic but also empathetic. That’s Bach’s peaceful vision of the mortal lot of human beings. And this first sentence is repeated three times as the opening of the aria, between the two stanzas and the closing of the aria. A trinity that is divine of course and that expresses the perfect equilibrium of the soul in its communion with god. Not one human child can resist this engulfing music, voice and discourse. Let’s go to sleep in this absolutely certainty.

That leads us to the last aria “Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod.” The circle has been run over and over and we have come back again and again to this moment that is an end of the trajectory and a beginning of the enlightenment that comes at this rare and unique moment when our soul is flying up, escaping from down here and reuniting itself with Jesus. This cantata is a miracle in vocal expressivity and depth. And this last aria is joy because death is joy and we have to dance with death around the maypole of the resurrection of our soul finally freed of this life and our bones, our hearts, our bodies, “all the affliction that confined me here on earth.”


Telemann’s “Jesus liegt in letzten Zügen” goes back to the reality of Jesus’ crucifixion and long suffering of the torture and the death penalty, but not death for death, rather death for the show of it, for the pleasure of an audience, a death that has to be long and progressive. And Telemann in front of the reality of life can only rebel against our lot that is a real curse in a way: the curse that does not bring death that turns our life in the year long ordeal and torture that has to make us age and die so slowly that we cannot even count the minutes of pain because they are millions and each one is worse and harsher than the previous one and yet nothing to compare with the next one. Jesus’ crucifixion becomes a short vision of our own pain since it is concentrated in something like nine hours whereas our slow execution takes a whole life to finally reach its proper end. Philippe Jaroussky makes his voice weep and cry for mercy in so sad tones that we understand how this cry for mercy is the last thing a human child can really long for, death, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.


We could think at this moment Telemann sees Jesus dying on his cross through the eyes of the young teen named John who is at the foot of the cross and who is going to be entrusted to Mary, and Mary to John. John is a child and in these days, children could see real ugliness across the street or in front of any temple, real killing of people, slicing of bodies, slow dying for the pleasure of the death provider. Nothing to compare with today’s Internet provider’s pictures of all that human monstrosity. It was not a screen in those days. It was a real war, real legionaries killing and violating anything that still had some life in their flesh.


The second aria, “Mein Liebster Heiland,” is a love song to Jesus because of the salvation he gave us. And I do say a love song because love it is, absolute and without any restraint. The cantata can then end on a phenomenal dance that brings together joy because death is coming and anger because death has not yet come and done its work. Jesus’ salvation of human children is turned into a promise for us to die as soon as we can hope for it. “Darauf freuet sich mein Geist.” And this “Geist” is the little part of Holy Spirit we have in us, in our soul, a little piece of Holy Spirit that can rejoice since death is finally coming and will liberate it.

We can wonder why Philippe Jaroussky brought together these four cantatas that are so deadly to the point of death and death again? It sure is the celebration of death and we have to go through such a moment when death is so close, so next to us, for us to be able to feel that morbidly joyful, that sadly hopeful call to depart this life. This CD is mourning the death of someone and we can recognize ourselves in such a deep and emotional celebration of the high road to the celestial mountains lost in heavenly clouds.

Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU







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