Content[ edit ] In Praise of Folly starts off with a satirical learned encomiumin which Folly praises herself, after the manner of the Greek satirist Lucianwhose work Erasmus and Sir Thomas More had recently translated into Latin, a piece of virtuoso foolery; it then takes a darker tone in a series of orations, as Folly praises self-deception and madness and moves to a satirical examination of pious but superstitious abuses of Catholic doctrine and corrupt practices in parts of the Roman Catholic Church —to which Erasmus was ever faithful—and the folly of pedants. Erasmus had recently returned disappointed from Rome, where he had turned down offers of advancement in the curiaand Folly increasingly takes on Erasmus' own chastising voice. The essay ends with a straightforward statement of Christian ideals. The title "Morias Encomium" can also be read as meaning "In praise of More".
This album leaves me helpless. So many decent ideas and so much talent here, but why does it all need to be so straight and perfectionist that even during the concerts the video clips are perfectly synced to the music?
I still remember clearly most of the moments which defined and shaped my life. For instance I attended a multimedial show in a planetarium when I was a child, a show in which they played back Pink Floyd music while presenting films made in space.
The effect which this little show made on me is invaluable in retrospect. Many years later, inI first listened to the debut album by Caravan, and the massive organ carpets suddenly catapulted me into a higher dimension - or, to put it more factually, into a different understanding of music.
I had listened to this piece many times before, but on this occasion it opened the whole world of folk music for me, converting the unknowing enjoyment into a kind of spiritual connection to these sounds.
Just as if I had been walking up a mountain in misty weather a thousand times, wondering why the people make such a fuss about mountaineering, then until one clear day when I finally see mountains at a distance of more than km. I also had a similar experience in February when Junip released their single Line of Fire, which kept me confident that transcendental music did not die inbut rather transformed itself into a different style along with the huge changes in society which occurred since then.
Again, the maniac electric piano work by former Miles Davis collaborator Adam Holzman, stands out on Luminol. The bass work by Nick Beggs is similarly convincing - especially the tritone-laden solo riff is quite a treat.
Many critics highlight this track as the least convincing track of this album, but it grabs me as a pretty great piece of wistful alternative rock - the genre Wilson until now had the greatest artistic success in.
The second half of The Watchmaker heads into a similar direction and is similarly successful. In retrospect, The Incident was a pretty good album after all! The title track, a sparsely instrumentated neo-classical piece with grand piano and dense string arrangements, subtly builds on the cold atmosphere which was already conveyed on Grace For Drowning.
The accompanying music video, an unusually sinister and insightful cartoon, is able to add a new dimension to the story which depicts a topic which the whole album actually reflects: In the finale of the track, performed by the whole band, the strings really cumulate and rise and create something like an uplifting coda of a mainly cold album.
Nor am I annoyed by the neo-prog plagiarism phenomenon - there are some moments which fit into this category, but Wilson has too much knowledge of progressive rock and craves too much for creating something of his own to simply copy an idea by a different musician.
The problem rather is that I feel too comfortable in the consistently safe fairway of this album. When you listen to the tense Gilmourish introduction to The Pin Drop you know that some verses into the song Wilson is going to break into another tritone-filled dissonance, most possibly with fat guitars, mellotron or backing vocals.
The same case in The Holy Drinker. When I saw that the song turned to quietness about two minutes before the end of the song, I knew that it was time for the big finale with metal guitars, dissonant counterpoints and busy drums. You might wonder why I have never mentioned Theo Travis in this review until now.
As a part of the Steven Wilson Band Theo Travis is a part of the arrangement, subject to the songs and their structure.
The same issue with Adam Holzman: And I firmly believe that real musical progress is always bound to technical progress - this is how rock music came into being. Hence it definitely would be arrogating to say that only revolutionary music is good music.
Those of you who have read some of my reviews may have noticed how much I like mostly British and Celtic-based folk music, which is arguably the most minimalist music ever in terms of composition. There might be songs which are sung a capella, and they might be absolutely striking and beautiful - without complex chords, without instruments, without any arrangements.
With just a voice and a melody sung to the endogenous metre of the lyrics. What brings sparse and often ancient pieces like these to live is first and foremost the delivery, the performance. An emotional composer on the one hand, a cool performer on the other hand.
The melodies and chord progressions themselves are absolutely inspired and filled with true sadness, anger and an occasional bit of hope.Praise of Folly, written to amuse his friend Sir Thomas More, is Erasmus's best-known work. Its dazzling mixture of fantasy and satire is narrated by a personification of Foll Erasmus of Rotterdam (c.
) is one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance humanist movement, which abandoned medieval pieties in favour of a rich new vision of the individual's potential/5.
In Praise of Folly, also translated as The Praise of Folly, (Latin: Stultitiae Laus or Moriae Encomium (Greek title: Morias enkomion (Μωρίας ἐγκώμιον); Dutch title: Lof der Zotheid) is an essay written in Latin in by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam and first printed in June Inspired by previous works of the Italian humanist Faustino Perisauli () .
"The praise of folly" (Actually "In praise of folly) by Erasmus is a superb book, written originally in Latin, around It was translated in over 30 languages very quickly! The seven-story Temple of the Hacks was a monument to folly from the day it opened in In nine years, it swallowed up $ million from the nonprofit Freedom Forum, which was established by.
This is a review of this Kindle edition of "In Praise of Folly". It is not a review of Erasmus' work, except indirectly. I bought this version from Amazon and have read it through.
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