Saturday, October 31, 2009
A quiet Halloween, still under the weather (though another gorgeous day), with Harriet, both of us working away -- including composing page 17 of Pini di Surriento, orchestrating page 2 of The Gospel According to St. Matthew: XXVII. The Sower, and doing the publication-preparation and visual libretto (googling all these pictures is a tough job, but of course, someone's got to do it...) for
Sex and the Bible: The Opera: 6. Israel in Trouble: III. Eyes Dim. Late night out to the store for medicinal supplements (a few puzzling costumes flitting about, if it weren't for the date) and they seem to be working... drowzier by the minute...eyes dim...
Friday, October 30, 2009
A three-day weekend with no appointments -- perfect time, one supposes, to fall under the weather, and this happens, with a virus that clearly has its own agenda in self-replication with no regard for a host, alas. Not so down that another orchestration cannot be begun in The Gospel According to St. Matthew: XXVI. The Sower, as the perfect weather outside mocks, with another composed page (16) of Pini di Surriento: IV. Torna a Via Appia and the publication-preparation and visual libretto for
Sex and the Bible: The Opera: 6. Israel in Trouble: I. If It Is Thus.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
A full day,
finishing up on the San Francisco peninsula before returning to point of origin, beginning with
the orchestration for The Gospel According to St. Matthew: XXVI. The Return, plus Journal laborings, meandering to Diablo Valley College for Quiz 12 with the Theoreticians, with chord cycles et al drawn from Duke Ellington, Bela Bartok, John Cage, Jester Hairston, and Richard Rodgers.
As the Bay Bridge is closed again (something about i-bars, or even eyebars...),
the San Mateo seems the most rational alternative (featuring views north across the Bay of San Bruno Mountain, Mt. Tamalpais and San Francisco), and with traffic heavy north on both 101 and
280 at Crystal Springs,
make the way to Half Moon Bay over the
Coast Range and
pumpkin fields with enough time to take a walk on a
frontage road north of town
(with ocean vistas,
set-to's), part of a series of connecting day hikes south from Tomales Point in Marin County (at this rate, will reach the Mexican border in c. 350 years...).
North past other pumpkin
Slide (more views of Mt. Tam --
above Pacifica's Rockaway Beach --
and San Bruno),
it's the first rehearsal of the Haunted House Science Fiction Quiz Show concert for the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra, and we are assembled eventually fully for
Mark Alburger - Elijah Ghost
Erling Wold - Sweet Encumbrance (featuring a long-distance cellphone listening)
David Verotta - Death Will Come and Have Your Eyes
Lisa Scola Prosek's Roma,
plus music by Michael Cooke,
Gerhard Samuel, and
A good time is had by all
(despite timpanic mishaps), and in the case of
Return through Marin with no appreciable traffic (despite iPhone warnings) to do the publication-preparation and visual libretto to Sex and the Bible: The Opera: 5. Abraham and Isaac: XIV. The Death and compose page 15 of Pini di Surriento: IV. Torna a Via Appia.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Second page orchestrated of The Gospel According to St. Matthew: XXV. The Demand for a Miracle and more Journal work, then Diablo way for the Kurt Weill Threepenny Opera: Ballad of Mac the Knife video, Duke Ellington's Concerto for Cootie as dictation and harmony (day three of a more formal look at voice-leading), and impressive student compositions. After, it's down to the snack bar past the streaked sky of the duckpond for a cheesesteak and paper grading, then back to the lab to finish the instrumentalization of
The Gospel According to St. Matthew:
XXV. The Demand for a Miracle
and record instrumental version of same with the Tritone Orchestra. Home to compose page 14 of Pini di Surriento and do the publication-preparation and visual libretto for Sex and the Bible: XIII. The Wife.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Begin orchestration of The Gospel According to St. Matthew: XXV. The Demand for a Miracle and a bit of Journal work on another Harriet workday before the inevitable blitz to Diablo Valley, finishing up the Richard Rodger's Sound of Music: Do-Re-Mi for dictation and board harmony, plus taking a look-listen to more Alban Berg Wozzeck, now the Act III inventions.
A few hours at home, upon Harriet's return, grading papers, and back out past the Lagoons toward
Mt. Diablo and the
Sulfur Springs locales of
Long Barn and
then over the bridge past Martinez's refineries for the
evening class from Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde to Giocomo Puccini's Turandot and looking ahead to
the early 20th Century.
Brief visit with Maria Gusenkov and her sister; then with Owen and Doug to a new spot -- the new suspiciously-named BJ's in the old Houlihan's, remarkably redone for those who enjoy open, noisy environments, but at least they're open later for food and drink. Drive Owen back to his place in the new car, playing Elijah Ghost, which he suggests should be done by DVC chorus and orchestra...
Home to do the publication-preparation and visual libretto to Sex and the Bible: 5. Abraham and Isaac: XII. The Burial and compose page 13 of Pini di Surriento: IV. Torna a Via Appia.