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British composer and musician Innocent Marpl who passed away on November 11, 1849 in Stoke Newington on account of serious mental disorder, throughout the course of illness was possessed by phantasmagoric hallucinations in which he played the role of rural fiddler - poet, drunkard and visionary who had lived several centuries earlier. Hallucinations of “historical” Marpl find unexpected confirmation in a number of ancient texts and scores, dated approximately from late Renaissance and telling of legendary life of rural fiddler named Innocent Marpl who - at least in literary and musical senses - turns out to be not less real than composer Marpl from the XIX century. The myth is looped...
“The Innocent Marpl Project”
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The mystery of Innocent, your mystery
Innocent Marpl is a breath of mystery on your cheek. Co-operation with mystery changes the essence of art: instead of imitating life it becomes life itself. Innocent Marpl is inimitable because his mystery is his essence, and how can you multiply a mystery? You can just touch it. Being filled with inexhaustible senses Innocent is polysemantic and it is the pledge of his success: he is not adequate to himself because he does not stop changing. Therefore Innocent is a process, not result. And by abolishing result we turn art into a ritual.
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The Innocent's Old Fiddle
Innocent Marpl on his way home is accosted by an old man (the devil in disguise) who attempts to push a book on him. Innocent protests that he hasn't any money to buy the book. The old man assures him that the book will bring him wealth untold and that he will gladly exchange it for the Innocent's cheap old fiddle. Recognizing a good bargain, Innocent Marpl agrees but soon finds he can't make heads or tails of the book. The devil proposes a simple solution: come stay at my house for a few days (where I have good foods, cigars and drink) and you can teach me to play this fiddle while I teach you the ways of the book. Innocent agrees and soon finds that the old man was as good as his word.
More about this mysterious plot
Dust for the Innocents
Scenario for a Radio Play by Mikhail & Anna Razuvaevs
2nd Observer. Hello... Boss, I’m here with the group... Some sort of devilishness... No, not me... He made the call and left a message on the answering machine, saying he was going to the tapped apartment... yes... I know it’s not allowed... No, it’s unfathomable... Everything was fine, we came and the apparatus was working, the machine listening and writing... no, no sound, just the background, snow... some kind of dust... yes, he said so himself: dust... And it’s as if everything’s evaporated... we looked in the apartment, even broke down the door. No one had been there in a long time... A layer of dust two fingers thick... no footprints, nothing... Ok, understood, we’ll pack up.
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The Song About the Old Fiddler
Well we give the dealer the money
and the old man so shadilly dressed,
picked up the violin, stuck it under his chin
and he played like a man possessed.
He played Sonatas and Fugues,
and some Innocent Marpl's Songs too,
played composers like Johann Sebastian Bach
to mention only a few.
He played waltzes by Strauss and Die Fledermaus,
and Tales From the Vienna Wood,
then Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto
(but he didn't play that quite so good).
It’s only one of Innocent Marpl’s Songs
Notes on the Periphery of a Painted Space
Innocent people: Aija Zarina. Life story by Antra Klavina
She has always operated with the maximum simplicity, but at the same time with extremely deep meanings and conceptual symbols, for which the rational borders of intellectual art could be too narrow - but are free in Aija’s sensually perceptive space. Being enclosed in the rhythms and energetic vibrations of her symbols, in her intimate rituals, as if she was a Tibetan monk, having closed the door to chance acquaintances, to the chaos brought by information overload by the mass media, she measures her publicity carefully. She’s become like a circle, to a figure eight - 8 - to the sign of infinity. She has concentrated her attention only on the mysterious movements of spiritual life, and the variation of these connected forms. Not wanting to talk about anything else but art.
More about Aija’s Innocent Art
The Parish Church of St Mary in Stoke Newington
By the middle of the nineteenth century Stoke Newington had emerged from rural obscurity. The area was being developed rapidly, and in 1849 - after mysterious incident with Rev. Jerome D.Rabbit - a new parish of St. Matthias was carved out of the southern portion of St. Mary's, the present church of St. Matthias being completed in 1853.
More about The Old Parish Church
Here are only a few of Innocent texts on this page.
Click HERE if you want to see project’s Russian pages.
CONTACT US if you can translate any Marpl’s texts to your native language.
This project is supported by NGO Fabrika EMC2