By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
In response to the obituary for Professor Nils-Axel Mörner here, Robert Austin commented:
"Speaking of Bob Carter (the late geologist and friend of scientific truth), I still use Lord Monckton's Bob Carter's Peal as the ringtone on my cell phone. It's a lovely little piece, a moving tribute to Bob Carter, and a recurring memory of those scientists who have bravely taken the tough path of the challenging climate dogma.
"No pressure, but a chance for a Mörner scream, Christopher?"
The late Professor Robert Carter. The late Professor Nils-Axel Mörner.
Mr Austin's proposal is excellent. So here is the Lullaby of the Laughing Angels, a Berceuse en Carillon for the concert grand, dedicated to the immortal memory of Professor Nils-Axel Mörner.
"Laughing Angels & # 39; Lullaby in C major" by Oran Talaidh by Christopher Monckton from Brenchley. Released: 2020. Genre: Classical Berceuse en Carillon.
Performed on a 7-foot grand piano by Shigeru Kawai, the piece uses the particularly smooth resonance of this fine instrument when played in C major. The piano becomes a galloping, giggling, gently repeating chime, exemplary of the uninterrupted, bubbling amusement that brought Niklas to everything he did and everyone he met. Oh how I miss him!
Don't listen to the Lullaby of the Laughing Angels as you drive, because it uses a powerful soporific technique developed by the baroque harpsichordist François Couperin first in his Ballet des Moucherons Ecossais to help the princes at the court of the Sun King Louis XIV to please put them in before bed. If they had been diligent during their studies, Couperin would play it for them at breakneck speed and they would leap through the music room panting and humming like Scottish mosquitoes and suddenly fall asleep one after the other.
A note from the Italian Ambassador in Versailles says that when the Moucherons are played live near a candle flame, they silently extinguish it. The ladies of the court were scared when it first happened, and it became a regular parlor party piece. I have not yet experimented with this idea, although there is some evidence that Gavronsky (Gavreau) and Levasseur, who researched subsonic waveform propagation for the French army in Marseille in the 1950s, investigated it.
The pattern of Couperin's persistent ostinato, which I adapted and used throughout the Lullaby of the Laughing Angels, was mimicked by one or two classical composers, particularly Schubert and Liszt. It took me two years to learn the technique before I could use it for composition.
Listen to this piece not only to remember Niklas Mörner, but also to help you fall asleep if you suffer from insomnia. Lullabies composed with Couperin's beautiful two-handed ostinato as a thread have a reputation for providing a good, peaceful sleep to those who hear them. May Niklas sleep the long and light sleep of the righteous.
He will not grow old as we who are left grow old. Age should not tire him, nor should the years judge him. We will remember him at sunset and in the morning.