Canadian PhD student tackles musical medium Rosemary Brown

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PhD student tackles enduring mystery of woman's ghostly compositions

Composer/medium Rosemary Brown claimed to channel classical music's greats



Quote:Ever hear the ghost story about the British woman who claimed she could channel the otherworldly skills of some of classical music's greatest masters?

Carleton University PhD student Érico Bomfim has, and found it so intriguing he's devoted years of musicological research to it.


Rosemary Brown (1916-2001) was a composer who claimed to also be a spiritual medium. Her particular skill, she claimed, was channeling entirely new works by some of the most important dead composers in western music history.

(...) Through the years, psychologists and musicians have opined about the veracity of Brown's claims — both for and against.

But Bomfim believes musicologists in particular haven't done enough to deeply study the works. One of his specific focuses is comparing the sonata form used in the works she attributed to Schubert.

The link includes audio and video interviews with Erico Bomfim
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(2018-11-09, 03:02 AM)Ninshub Wrote: PhD student tackles enduring mystery of woman's ghostly compositions

Composer/medium Rosemary Brown claimed to channel classical music's greats




The link includes audio and video interviews with Erico Bomfim

Typical comments below the article: didn't happen because obviously it can't happen, liberally sprinkled with sneering sarcasm. No discussion of what was actually reported nor the opinions of the musicologist.

For me, at least, a fascinating article about a fascinating phenomenon. Thanks, Ian.
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(2018-11-09, 03:02 AM)Ninshub Wrote: The link includes audio and video interviews with Erico Bomfim

I got an error message where I assume the audio/video would have been. There may be a work-around, not investigated yet.
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(2018-11-09, 04:06 AM)Kamarling Wrote: Typical comments below the article: didn't happen because obviously it can't happen, liberally sprinkled with sneering sarcasm.

I noticed that, one comment referred to "paper cut-outs to make a double exposure" which I assume refers to the Cottingley fairies case. I like accuracy, and in that case, there were paper cut-outs, but it was just an ordinary photograph, not a double-exposure. It weakens the argument when the debunker starts making things up, rather than looking at the facts. The same kind of vagueness is often used in attempts to muddy the waters in other topics - never mind the data, just throw some mud to confuse others. Clear-thinking is the last thing such pseudo-sceptics are interested in.
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The links are possibly only playable in Canada.

Here's a doc on Rosemary Brown:



There are clips of Bomfim on youtube speaking and playing Brown. No comprendo, but if you comprendo, here it is:




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Here's another video doc about RB:

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