Monday, February 25, 2008
February 25 - Artful Dodgers
Once again, to the Theory ramparts, with John and Nick T studying away at their wonderful text before class...
Today, it's W.A. Mozart (he looks pretty serious -- perhaps he's studying theory -- too),
with the first movement's initial four measures in the most famous of his four Sonatas in C Major, that being K. 545 (c. 1788).
Do Mi Sol Ti Do Re Do La Sol Do Sol Fa Mi Fa Mi
I V43 I IV64 I V6 I
We play the whole movement as a shining example of sonata form.
A (Exposition) B (Development) A' (Recapitulation
a (first theme) transition b (second theme) codetta development a' trans' b' coda
I V development IV (more typically I) I
Also a little Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Piano Sonata in A for a sense of the early fortepiano (or is that pianoforte?).
And the journey home, now that the rains have (at least temporarily) stopped?
Benicia Bridge, with the hill beyond reminiscent of Tamalpais,
Parrish Hill against the clouds,
the north slope of the South Lagoon Mountains
and the south slope of the North Lagoon Mountains (seemingly always mountians, and how's that for balance?),
and let's not forget Hume Way in Vacaville.
Who knew Central Californian exurbanites were so conversant with the English empiricist (1711-1776, died just as they were mixing it up in America),
to say nothing of the Tao?
Or is that Wyoming?
Take that, David and
Chuang-tzu, and, O.K.,
Wild Bill (the old one
and, O.K., even this one -- over the hills),
And this, speaking of California natives, here are the recordings of
Op 155 FLYING MIXES: III. Flying Out the Mouth (Yurok Women's Brush Dance) and
IV. The Woman From the Sky (Creek Gar Dance)