Monday, August 31, 2009

August 31 - Late Summer Day's Dream

Finish the third and almost the fourth sections/veils of John and Salome: V. Salome's Dance orchestration, and, after

Musica Enchiriadis parallel fifths and fourths dictation with the Theoreticians (plus some fine student compositions), complete orchestrating above and record Tritone Orchestra versions of


IV. PAVANE - "Are You the One"


As the coffee shop now closes at 2pm, there's nothing to be done but head home and beyond to the ducks of Davis, to get more

Straussian instrumental inspiration from Salome at

Sibley Library, calling Bette (who's been in and out of the doctor's) and George briefly on the way,


and returning in the



Sunday, August 30, 2009

August 30 - Flailing About

While Harriet's out meeting Alan Crossman and John McGrew re an opera proposal, four more orchestrated pages of John and Salome: V. Salome's Dance, to visions including the above by Armand Point.

What? Don't know Armand Point? We're in good company, as there's no English Wikipedia article on him. Here's one, however, automatically translated from the French...

"Armand Point, born in Algiers in 1860 and died in Naples in 1932, is a French Symbolist painter. He is the creator of a community of artists, the brotherhood Hauteclaire to Marlotte in the forest of Fontainebleau, which is in line with the movement arts & crafts.

Seduced by Africa North Point begins by painting oils and Orientalist subjects of such a bill rather realistic. Yet her inspiration evolves slowly towards an idealistic note Joséphin Peladan invited to the Salon of the Rosicrucian aesthetic. In May 1893, he made a trip to Italy with his companion, Helen Linder, who had a profound artist and it is resource among primitive and now advocates an art under the auspices of the tradition. Having reconstituted a method of painting with egg, it combines the technique learned in his symbolist inspiration. Guided always old, it is an artists' colony in the forest of Fontainebleau mingling painters, sculptors, spin doctors, enamel and silversmiths who create with techniques found, tapestries, jewelry and precious object. The circle called Upper intellectual Claire becomes a hotbed of symbolism that visit Odilon Redon, Oscar Wilde, Stéphane Mallarmé or Stuart Merrill in a studious atmosphere that Paul Fort qualify in his memoirs of 'court of love.' Few recognized by critics, considered outdated and accused of pastiche, Point feels for the Middle Ages and the Renaissance the same admiration that Edward Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelites, for him, means to fight for the ideal through the revival of traditional values."


Eliza comes over after her Il Trovatore gig, and we both help Harriet, who doesn't miss a beat in the transition, learn the ropes of the new/old laptop, additionally reorganizing all the Stravinsky sound files and dining together.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

August 29 - Taking Possession

A second orchestrated page of John and Salome: V. Salome's Dance before an advance with Harriet on a gorgeous day toward Berkeley for another Patrick Dailly


rehearsal at Chamber Arts.

After a third instrumentalized sheet of J&S, a walk beyond Ashby and Claremont results in a happy serendipidous encounter with a Music Theoretician from DVC, followed by reverse course down

Webster to College and

return via palms and

parks. After lunch at an outdoor veg joint on Shattuck, fairly near Rose, there's little time beyond the newspaper before out the door again to

Sacramento's Arden Fair and the

Apple Store, where, after a considerable wait (actually not being served until after the store officially closes, but yet ultimately taken care of in a quite satisfactory manner) finally receive the repaired old laptop -- gratias deo -- then home transferring many sound files and a few Encores to the external storage unit and thence to the new computer, beginning the laborious process of renaming and reorganizing the audio collection.

Friday, August 28, 2009

August 28 - Dance of the Straussian Sierras

Off to the Sierra on a surprisingly cloud-filled, humid day,

via Davis for a quick study of "Salomes Tanz" (a.k.a. "Dance of the Seven Veils") from Richard Strauss's Salome, then

lunch at Tio Pepe's in Auburn, beginning to grade the 70 Quiz 1's of the Music History Class (including identification-description of the RS Also Sprach Zarathustra, plus dances from Algeria and the Yuroks ["Women's Brush"]).

By now, fairly late in the day, but time enough to reach French Meadows Reservoir's

echoic Canyons ringing with chant, at the


for a walk from the dam's

southeastern flank along

Mosquito Ridge Road to the Chipmunk Ridge Jeep Road

and beyond to an even fainter intersection, where the setting sun crashes into

rocks and

moonlight, beginning the orchestration of John and Salome: V. Salome's Dance upon return.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

August 27 - Hills and Dares

More than a bit late, but miraculously print out the August 2009 issue of 21st-Century Music (online at and soon at and in hard copy) before heading off to Quiz 2 for the Theoreticians, with examples drawn from suspect and real music of India, plus selections from Ancient Greece and the Gregorian Chant Kyrie IV.

After this, Taylor / Pleasant Hill Boulevards (towards Acalanes Ridge), Caldecott, etc. to

Marin for paper grading at Celia's (all A's and B's), post-box greetings, and dropping off the Journal at the printer. Home below the skies of Mt. Burdell

Sears Point,

Vallejo Cliffs,

the Sulfur Springs


Fairfield Pyramids,

Vaca Foothills,

Poverty Hills,

Lagoon Valley, and the



Mountains to finish orchestration of John and Salome: IV. PAVANE - "Are You the One".

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

August 26 - Everybody In the Water

Dictation and next week's keyboard-solfege for the Theoreticians is Beethoven's Symphony No. 9: IV. "Ode to Joy" simplified theme in C. Additionally we harmonize same in parallel perfect fifths above, no doubt alarming many, and begin listening/looking at this semester's fine crop of student compositions. In the lab, there's a mad last-minute dash for coffee and sandwiches, plus Tritone Orchestra recording of

John and Salome: III. CHORUS - "I Should Be"

clearly troped on the introduction to the first movement of Igor Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms.

Before and after, begin the orchestration of IV. PAVANE - "Are You the One", plus a bike-and-pool break with Harriet.