John Coltrane was born on this date in 1926, and though he passed in 1967 his legacy remains, in the words of AllMusic writer William Ruhlmann, "influential by example, inspiring musicians to experiment, take chances, and devote themselves to their craft." Open Culture invites us to explore this influence from a different perspective, where today they share the handwritten outline of his personal and professional master work, A Love Supreme, from the Smithsonian's collection of Creative Masterpieces, and points out some highlights, like:
In section IV of the manuscript, for the part later named “Psalms,” Coltrane writes that the piece is a “musical recitation of prayer by horn,” and is an “attempt to reach transcendent level with orchestra rising harmonies to a level of blissful stability at the end.”