Tuesday, November 4, 2008

November 4 - Hallelujah Choruses

[The Enduring Power of Our Ideals --
Democracy, Liberty, Opportunity, and Enduring Hope]

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

“It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America.

"The road ahead will be long, our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there.”

[Barack Obama]

We check CNN and Yahoo before and during the evening class, when we're not watching video excerpts of music from Erik Satie (the Gnossienne used in Henry Fool) through Aram Khachaturian (Gayane excerpts in 2001: A Space Odyssey) and Harold Arlen (The Wizard of Oz), plus markalburgermusichistory.blogspot.com selections by Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern, and Edgar Varese -- and right after, go back on Yahoo to learn the incredible news.

Folks are similarly elated at the Antigone (another individual who believed in the enduring power of our ideals) rehearsal (where I fill in for an under-the-weather Micah as Creon), although sobered that Yes on 8 is ahead...

We carry on, including Terence (the Puppet Master),

Dalyta (Antigone's dance double) and Michael (Haemon/Guard/Messenger) -- the latter two in XIX. News to Break Your Heart.

Before this, Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms: II for dictation and nice compositions by Megan and James; and before that, more pages of Moses and Aaron orchestration for XIX. Let Us Pass.

Nice serendipity of numbers. And of political sea change.... And, OK, another donkey beaten into submission....