Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September 8 - Jesus! / Seeing the Elephant

Thomas of Celano's Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) for the Theoreticians as dictation, harmony (evaluating intervals formed by the addition of a drone below at the fifth), and keyboard-solfege -- followed by fine student compositions and paper grading at

Elephant Bar. There's time for

lab work, so to speak, doing Tritone Orchestra recordings of

The Beatitudes, Op. 81, and

The Gospel According to Matthew, Op. 85: I. The Temptation --

troped respectively on Johannes Brahms' German Requiem: I and the beginning of the Richard Wagner Tristan und Isolde: Prelude. Evening Music History proceeds from the time of Charlemagne (c. 800) through that explosion of instrumental music during the Crusader era (c. 1200), during which time the Ghana people moved south towards the present nation of Ghana (always keeping one ear alert for timely music outside of the Western Classical tradition). Listening for next week is, however, all figuratively and literally Catholic:

Latin Lyric - Song of the Ass
Leonin - Hec Dies
Machaut - Notre Dame Mass: Kyrie

Back to Elephant with Doug and Owen thereafter, and home for another page of orchestration re Gospel Matthew: II. The People that Walked in Darkness.