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PART 2: OF AFFECTS - 3. Mens nostra quaedam agit... (2020)

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Baruch - Ten Propositions of Baruch Spinoza

PART 2: OF AFFECTS - 3. Mens nostra quaedam agit...

Mens nostra quaedam agit, quaedam vero patitur nempe quatenus
adaequatas habet ideas eatenus quaedam necessario agit et quatenus ideas
habet inadaequatas eatenus necessario quaedam patitur.

PART 2: OF AFFECTS - 3. Mens nostra quaedam agit...

Our mind acts at times and at times suffers: in so far as it has
adequate ideas, it necessarily acts; and in so far as it has
inadequate ideas it necessarily suffers.

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Born in London, Michael Zev Gordon is a composer of richly expressive and colourful music in which the tonal and atonal, the old and new, happily rub shoulders. Memory, time and a search for the serene are recurring themes. Gordon has worked with many internationally leading performers, including London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, King’s College Cambridge choir and The BBC Symphony Orchestra who have commissioned him twice – for Bohortha in 2012 and a Violin Concerto in 2017, with Carolin Widmann and Sakari Oramo. He has won the choral category of the British Composer Awards twice, a Prix Italia for his radiophonic work A Pebble in the Pond; and has had two discs listed in The Times best 100 records of the year, in 2009 for On Memory, a piano music portrait disc on NMC, and in 2019 for In the Middle of Things, a chamber music portrait disc on Resonus Classics. Gordon is also strongly committed to working with students and younger composers, including at Cheltenham Festival, Juilliard, Antwerp Conservatorium, University of Oxford and as leader of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Emerging Composers Scheme. Since 2012, he has been Professor of Composition and artistic director of CrossCurrents contemporary music festival at the University of Birmingham. He has been commissioned by the University’s Barber Institute to write a new chamber opera, Raising Icarus, planned for production in 2022.

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Baruch Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Sephardi origin. One of the early thinkers of the Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and the universe, he came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy.

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