Wednesday, May 7, 2008

May 7 - Look, We Have Pergium to Deliver

Productive day, beginning with 21st-Century Music Monthly Journal updating at and planning for June 7 San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra Variations on the Ghost of Sousa Dancing program while Harriet's making preparations for the May 9 Horsewomen of the Apocalypse: The Black Horse with a Touch of Gray, including San Rafael News (info on all at, then off to school,

where Robert is the presenter-of-the-day (to a rapt audience including Cristina, Sarah and Nick M.), with a dictation from

South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut (no further questions, Your Honor),

by Marc Shaiman -- a perky, tweaky tune solidly in Bb major (outlining the tonic chord over the course of its first four measures), with nicely surprising sixteenth notes unpredictably on offbeats and onbeats, with harmonization altered/enriched by Robert,

for board realization by Joel, Sarah, Chris, Nick M., Cecilia,

Deborah, and Cristina.

As can be seen, the melody is:

Sol Do Do Do Mi Re Re Re
Sol Sol Sol Mi Fa
Sol Sol Sol Sol La Ti Do Do Do
Do Do Do Do Mi Re Do Do

And we have fine inverted harmony, plus a borrowed Ab/Eb from the relative minor.
Speaking about minor, Nick will catch his scribal error in measure 1 second chord to agree with Deborah's version (Cm/Eb, rather than a potential Igor Stravinskian bitonal C/Eb). And we have communally not yet caught the incorrect Roman numeral at the end of measure 2 (the F chord is, of course, V, rather than VI).

Following this, we play Deborah's beautiful Composition 2, and give the room over to a talented tag team of clarinet and piano; for it's off to the lab, initially making a recording of Variations on Americana in the lab on Cubase that's a bit better than the previous on GarageBand.

Plus record instrumental versions of most of Mice and Men: Act 5, Scene 1, including Triple Fugato of Vengeance and Postlude.

Finally, head home, rehearse AIDSong and Conference Room Technique with Harriet, and have her record former, below, discovering that audio in GarageBand can be sped up and slowed down as easily as MIDI -- tremendous!