Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December 10 - Yee Haw!

While Harriet's out on a job in Oakland, finish the orchestration of Samson and Delilah: IX. Defeat (Ass's Jaw), and then record it, with the complete VIII. Death (Lion), after class in the lab.

Between, we have Sheyda, Carissa, and Matthew present two dictations and a board harmony -- J.S. Bach Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and Leo Delibes Coppelia waltz excerpt -- amazing number of art-music excerpts given by the theoreticians this semester (adding these two to the Smetana, Mussorgsky, and Shostakovich earlier).

Home for a spell improvising on the Camille Saint-Saens S&D love/betrayal scene, and play same plus The Ten Commandments / Seven Commandments movement from Moses and Aaron / Animal Opera (take your pick) for Lisa Scola, Ed, and Tom Prosek, plus Davide Verrotta and David Graves (unlike Dr. Seuss we have a reasonable number of Daves).

San Francisc Composers Chamber Orchestra Board Meeting follows, and we work so efficiently that we break early, and Michael kindly helps with the new Sibelius program. Home via Marin, staying up late to begin S&D: X. Delilah on the new-set up on the laptop. Very welcome, a bit challenging, and long overdue.