Thursday, December 31, 2009

December 31 - Envoi

Bassoon parts of Pini di Surriento and Salome Suite generated, The Gospel According to St. Matthew: L. The Last Judgement / The Annointment orchestrated, Journals mailed, up and out with Harriet down the 680 corridor,

past Mt. Diablo's


towards Sunol's Maguire Peaks,

delivering a transcript to LaVerne's in Fremont, near Mission and Monument, then farther

south through greater San Jose to

Route 152 beyond Gilroy






Pass then



the setting sun of

San Luis Reservoir

into the

Central Valley, continuing to

lower latitudes near Vasquez Rocks to the

Harris Ranch for dinner

and overnight. Happy New...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30 - Beyond the Mountains

Harriet again out (this time on a job), and the clarinet parts happen for Pini di Surriento and Salome Suite as well as the orchestration of San Timoteo Canyontata: I and Gospel Matthew: XLVIII. Sleepers, Awake!

Big trip is merely to the post office for stamps then back, with Harriet's return, a classic holiday dinner, and instrumentalizing Gospel Matthew: XLIX. The Three Servants.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

December 29 - Morning and an Evening

Harriet's visiting Sharon in San Francisco, while the oboe parts for Pini di Surriento and Salome Suite and orchestration of The Gospel According to St. Matthew: XLVI. The Great Commandment are produced. Blitz to Berkely to up the January 2010 (plus October 2005 back) issue(s) of 21st-Century Music, dropping off Sex and the Bible score and CD to William and disk to Nanette, both in Oakland.

Diablo Valley Tritone Orchestra recording is next -- specifically

Pini di Surriento:

IV. Torna a Via Appia


The Gospel According to St. Matthew:

XLIV. The Temple

XLV. The Tenants in the Vineyard

Then home, rendezvousing with Harriet, composing Psalm 147, and orchestrating Gospel Matthew: XLVII. Jerusalem (Lauda Jerusalem).

Monday, December 28, 2009

December 28 - Everything in Black and White

Begin score preparation and produce the flute parts for Pini di Surriento and Salome Suite, plus orchestrate The Gospel According to St. Matthew:

XLV. The Tenants in the Vineyard.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

December 27 - Darkness Into Light







rendezvous with Crystal and Christina and Harriet for lunch at The Dead Fish (near the Carquinez Bridge) in Crocket. An enlightening, joyous, and lovely time -- and too soon we must depart

further south for another holiday get-together with

Eliza and company at Chamber Arts in Berkeley. Another whirlwind day, and home to complete the orchestration of

The Gospel According to St. Matthew: XLIV. The Temple (through page 16).

Saturday, December 26, 2009

December 26 - Up a Tree

Over the course of a catch-up day orchestrate pages 10-12 of The Gospel According to St. Matthew:

LXIV. The Temple.

Friday, December 25, 2009

December 25 - Christmas High

Up relatively early for a walk

down and

up Merced River Canyon between the

mists of the rising

sun and

Indian Flat.

After gift -openings and -shop purchases,

Harriet and I meander off to El

Portal and beyond to the

Arch Rock entrance of

Yosemite where a roughly

two thousand foot elevational change and

granite make for



welcomed in by

El Capitan and

Bridalveil Falls (or "Fall" depending on the map source).

Up Valley, with all the classic sights including Sentinel Rock,

Yosemite Falls, and

Half Dome, to the

never-see-sun-in-winter Curry Ice Rink, past


snowmen, and

Stoneman Meadow unto the

the head of Tenaya Canyon at the Stables and back, with

more views.

Lunch at the


Bar is followed by a stroll around to

the Dining Room (with its Kandinsky-alluding

Maitre'd -- in response to an "abstract" question) and the

Great Hall's

duo pianos,

nookish fireplace, and



and Winter Club Rooms.

After a second brisk Ahwahnee Meadows walk to recollect the car, we reverse course past

El Capitan,

Cathedral Spires and

Rocks, and

Bridalveil to the

El Portal and

Big Oak Flat Roads, with one more

Valley View before the deep snows of

Crane Flat, as the miles unfold parallel to

Tuolumne Canyon and Jawbone Ridge.

At Priest Station, the

elevation and

sun give out, orb and car plummeting opposite the

Old Grade.

Light and slope fade

near the cliffs of



with the multiply-setting-Little-Prince sol finally giving it up

for the evening.