Thursday, December 4, 2008

December 4 - Express Lane

Megan and Danny present a dictation and board harmony based on the finale of Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1 (Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings), with nice major-minor interplay, secondary and borrowed melodic movement, and sardonic bitonality and banality -- as clean and cold as parts of Siberia, from whence his family emigrated, so to speak.

Fine compositions by Sean and Luis, plus excerpts from Samson and Delilah (VI. Downfall) and Amazing Joseph (I. I Had a Dream). Return home relatively early, putting Beatles musical examples on the blog, and listening to the Igor Stravinsky Rake's Progress, music of Adam de la Hale, and John Adams's Nixon in China.

Out to U.C. Davis Library in the late eve, with the mist turning into impressive tule fog in the course of an hour, then back (moony-starry skies clearing tentatively at the freeway exit, where the edge of the stratus proves to be thick but not high, passing Valero at $1.65/gal -- picture actually from 12/01), having obtained needed orchestrational info from Henry Purcell's Dioclesian (for my Diocletian instrumentation) and Richard Wagner's Die Walkure "Magic Fire Music,"

beginning the orchestration of S&D: VII. Daughter (Jephtha).