Tuesday, February 12, 2008

February 12 - Botticelli Rain in the Sunshine

Music History: Baroque / Classical / Romantic printing in the morning (some of it is online at markalburgermusichistory.blogspot.com).

Costanzo Festa's Quando Ritrovna (When I Find My Shepherdess) for Theory Dictation -- interior passage which can be interpreted in D minor or F major.

Home, briefly, past a semi-pastoral scene, shall we call it Martinez Refinery Hill?

Evening class is going for Baroque, including more arguably agrarian music from Claudio Monteverdi. Doug says he doesn't recognize this portrait (neither did I until several days ago), so, OK, here's the more famous one.

He was evidently a sick man by this point (1640 for this pic, 1597 for the earlier), but you wouldn't particularly know it, although another depiction from the same year shows the situation perhaps more honestly.

What Doug does know, and I don't until the very minute, is the MacBook's ability to zoom, by depressing Option/Apple simultaneously with left fingers, while controlling minus/plus with right. This will be a minor revolution in displaying visuals in class, perhaps also helping generally vis a vis my apparent growning blindness, or at least, more reasonably, increasingly fuzzy vision. Not that I'm complaining....

Home late, and late for a little recording of 12 Preludes and Fugues ("Topical"): 4a. Death Is the Rain (Prelude).