Monday, January 28, 2008

January 28 - Off We Go Again

A big sun in Lynch Canyon, just in case any northern Californians have forgotten what it looks like (the sun, that is; the canyon is easy to miss on the right as one blips along I-80 in the Sulfur Springs Mountains, heading toward San Francisco).

Up very early, preparing page 4 of Mice and Men: Act V, C "Jus' feel that hair" for publication.

Then it's off to Diablo Valley College, racing past the Suflur Springs again, now on I-680, clouds hovering over the hills (higher than the draped fog below),

vaulting over the Benicia Bridge (n.b. new span not shown),

to DVC, with its parking-lot view of Mount Diablo.

All's well in Theory (the Music Building is the circular structure just below the pond -- a nice place to teach!),

with a dictation on the Thomas Ravenscroft (c. 1582 or 1592 until 1635) Three Blind Mice (1609), not exactly as below, and certainly without all those extraneous flags, last eighth, and protracted last measure...

Keyboard-solfege for the week is the Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Ode to Joy (the simplified C-major version, melody only) from the Symphony No. 9 ("Choral") (1824).

Scales/modes are D Dorian (treble clef),

D Minor,

(played on keyboard while singing solfege).

Bit of conducting in simple and compond meters, and we harmonize Three Blind as if early organum,

at the P4.

Retrograde, past the Sulfur Springs Mountains again,

the distant Twin Sisters beckoning,

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