Monday, October 6, 2008

October 6 - Lively Day

Wrote the Erich Korngold Die Tote Stadt review for Commuter Times and 21st-Century Music, which is over at 21st-centurymusic.blogspotcom and eventually at and in print. Was mostly on gmail, rather than aol, and heard from Leksi, who is using the Steve Reich interview in her research, and Doreen, who passed on from readers positive reviews of reviews.

Triad and Frederic Chopin chromaticism review (re his Prelude No. 4 in E Minor), seventh chords, chromatic scales -- and Giuseppe Verdi's Aida: Triumphal Entry: Trio theme for dictation.

Then to lab to record The Passion According to St. Matthew: IX-XIII., followed by a blitz to Marin to pick up the Journal (On the way, call Harriet to learn that her pied-a-terre in the north has been sold -- a big relief, given these uncertain economic times -- we shall have to celebrate when we both have some free time at the same time....), arriving with only minutes to spare at 5:08, whereupon I notice that the shop has changed their closing time from 5:15 to 5:00pm. After running around the building in a resigned disappointment, the owner sees and allows me to enter and pay -- ah, the wonders of a business with a heart!

A Celia's paper-grading session, then home again over the lonely and busy North Bay roads, and finish orchestrating Amazing Joseph: VI. Why Don't You do Something? Very late, so it's time to collapse.