Monday, December 8, 2008

December 8 - End of the Line

And a morning and an evening, finishing the orchestration of Samson and Delilah: VIII. Death (Lion), which checks in at about 24 pages.

Luis and Ken W. present the dictation and harmony today, for which they select Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade -- Wow! Third student-selected classical rep for teaching (joining the Smetana and Shostakovich of last week, and pictured above towards the close of his career). After this present selections from Henry Miller in Brooklyn.

Suicide Song
At the Blood Bank
Subway Madman

John plays and sings a proposed improv-composition after class -- both beautiful and funny -- then in the lab to record S&D

V. Disorientation (complete, finally)
VII. Daughter
VIII. Death (beginning)

Finally home after whirlwind of errands, watching video of November 8 Ophelia Forever, Quantum Mechanic, Antigone with Harriet -- very strong performances -- as we mail out back issues of journals.