Friday, December 31, 2010
Compose Page 2 of Psalm 45 and put the blog version of the November 2010 issue of 21st-Century Music (yes, rather late) into print-ready form (taking twice as long to do as usual, thanks to the non-wonders of Word), before heading out with Harriet to Bill and Kathy's in Dunnigan on its closing night, toasting in 2011. Record audio of restaurant overtones, etc. -- process upon return as
A Walk Through California: Yolo (Bill and Kathy's Last Night), and do video of same with pictures of the jaunt, posting to YouTube and Facebook.
On the way there and back, finish up our mostly-Bartok playlist with complete and/or partial performances of
Concerto for Orchestra (1943)
plus Zoltan Kodaly's Hary Janos (1926).
Also edit a half page of Diabolic Variations: XIII.
Call Bette and George, email Crystal, and wish to all --
Happy New Year!
Concert, Fireworks, Bed...
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Begin composition of Psalm 45 ("Eructavit") ("My Heart Overflows"... a combination of the Ambrosian and Gregorian chants on same, in consort with a modal rock bassline i bVII bVI v, approximately utilized in Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moom: Eclipse [in their case V], and mixed meters based on phrase lengths [11/8, 19/8...]), do the editing of the Kamran Ince / Tom Moore interview for 21st-Century Music while Harriet is on errands, and --
on a second beautiful
College to record Psalms 43-44 and Diabolic Variations: V-XII. Return to share dinner and videoize
Diabolic Variations: V.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Glorious day, for being out on a job as Harriet is, or home to spend catching up, including finishing Psalm 44 ("Exsurge, Domine") (4 pages total) and a video for
History Phases: XXVII. Pierre Boulez (Le Marteau sans Maitre).
Listen to a lot of Pandora radio stations, mostly the Anton Webern, Edgar Varese, Alban Berg, Harry Partch, Olivier Messiaen, Alan Hovhaness, Conlon Nancarrow, and George Crumb ones....
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Another fair day in Northern Oregon,
hoping for improved conditions as we head south from Troutdale into the
with the windshield wipers
mostly fully engaged into the
Canyonville, then upsy-downsy in the roller coaster of the south as
Canyon Creek Pass,
Glendale, Stage Road Summit,
Wolf Creek, Smith Hill,
Sunny Valley (where? where?), Sexton Mountain, and
Merlin / Hugo. Gotta love these names.
From here, it's the Oregonian Endgame of Grants,
Up, up, to the Siskiyous,
the rain does not stop,
but it also doesn't turn into snow, even at the Summit (4310'),
and all improves (in this case, i.e. no more precip), as usual, in California --
down to the Klamath,
up and over Anderson Grade, and into
Shasta Valley and
The Mountain beckons like a
shrouded dream, as does its consorts
Freeway Lake (more prizewinning nomenclature), and the
fog bank ominously rising from the Sacramento River Canyon. Beyond
Will we make it? Sure, listening to an almost-all-Bela-Bartok repertoire -- chronological order, but some fragments, and quite loud, as Harriet and I seem to like -- down into the Central Valley:
Violin Concerto No. 1 (1908)
Four Pieces for Orchestra (1912)
Romanian Dances (1917)
The Miraculous Mandarin (1924)
Piano Concerto No. 1 (1926)
Violin Concerto No. 2 (1938)
with Igor Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms (1930) somehow shoehorned in between the latter two, and serendipiduously cadencing in the driveway upon our return.