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.