Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11 - Together and Separate

Quiz 4 in Theory, with examples drawn from Medieval organum (c. 1000) through Machaut, Dies Irae for keyboard-solfege, and four G modes (major, mixolydian, dorian, and minor). Off to Davis thereafter to score full scores for Benjamin Britten's War Requiem (again, and probably not the last time, either) and Igor Stravinsky's Ragtime for 11 instruments, both needed for orchestrational advice re instrumentation of Abraham and Isaac. By some miracle, track both down in the stacks without benefit of computer.

Upon return, 17 pages of orchestration for A&E: II. The Separation, a twisted rag equally indebted to Scott Joplin (and one of his contemporaries, James Marshall) and I.S. -- three strains of four thus far, scored roughly for the forces of the Stravinsky.