Wednesday, February 20, 2008

February 20 - Total Eclipse of the Mood

A much better day, weather-wise, than we were led to expect, the lunar eclipse this evening coming off without a cloud-obscuring hitch, the Theory class in more J.S. Bachanalic discussion.

Hardly a bacchanalia,

although we do perform JSB's Prelude in C Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier

and listen further to Cecilia Chung's fine Composition 2.

Looking over Curtis Cochran's promising next-composition-in-development after class, we start thinking of relative keys of synthetic scales, for instance the Relative Lydian #5 of Harmonic Dorian (or ascending Melodic Minor): e.g. D Harmonic Dorian D E F G A B C# D (Do Re Me Fa Sol La Ti Do) would have a Relative F Lydian #5 of F G A B C# D E F (Do Re Mi Fi Si La Ti Do) -- interesting!

In the lab thereafter, checking email, particularly to download midi files from home, when I receive word that Crystal has started a blog from Uganda, which is quite wonderful, at

Record Op. 87 Violin Concerto ("Ticklish"): II Adagio (violin-piano score, troped on the W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 ("Turkish")

and Op. 84 Flute Concerto ("Mythological"): I Allegro aperto (full score, gridded to M's Oboe Concerto in C Major),

the latter beginning a new album, Mythos in Tempore Belli.

Home again, past the North Lagoon Mountains in violent sun and shade, full moon ahead.