Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October 15 - Snakes Slithering Ever Closer

Almost finish orchestrating Moses and Aaron: V. What Is In Your Hand? (a walking stick? a serpent? -- in any case, turns out less than a page short) before heading off to Diablo Valley College for the daily (well, four days weekly now) Music Theory presentation, today being scenes from Alban Berg's Wozzeck, a dictation on Kurt Weill's Ballad of Mack the Knife from The Threepenny Opera (also the basis of the day's sightsinging and harmonization), plus interesting compositions by Seth Zimmerman and Nathan Ma, and Block 12 from Camino Real (about half of it).

Then off to Marin via Oakland and Berkeley for post-box and paper-grading, where gas is down to $3.31, before returning home briefly to polish off the orchestration above, greet Harriet, and take off again for U.C. Davis Shields Library to consult the oracle of Bela Bartok's full score to The Miraculous Mandarin, calling Bette and George while walking to the hallowed biblographic halls.

Hmm, kind of a long sentence. So what else is new? Considering the one before... $3.27 in Dixon. Grocery shopping and a NYT at a faulty box for $.25. Not bad. Start instrumentalizing M&A: VI. Let My People.

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