Monday, February 4, 2008

February 4 - We Are of the Sky

Up and away, Mt. Diablo looming and squinting in the light, theory dictation is the Orkney Islands Hymn to St. Magnus (c. 1100)

(Nope, that's not St. Magnus, but rather the excellent Orkneyian Peter Maxwell Davies, whose often wild music may merit a later theoretical look),

in F Lydian, beginning Do Mi Re (quarter quarter half), repeated, Do Mi Re Fi (quarters), etc.,

harmonized mostly in parallel thirds.

Nice piece by Chris Fowler -- a bluesy minor tetratonic Do Me (Ri?) Sol Le (Si?) -- thereafter.

Lab work recording instrumental version of Mice and Men: Act V, Scene 1 c "Jus' feel that hair" a.k.a. Deathsong II from Mice Suite No. 2 + the two Tartsongs and Deathsong I from same, and finally the second movement of Horn Concerto (from the album Cohabitation Concerti).

Then it's time to pick up Harriet at SFO

(hmm, suspicious simulation), where we almost miss each other -- but pure chance, mercifully, brings us together again.

Post Stolen Students and Sinfonietta at and write up an article on Guillaume Dufay for the evolving some enchanted evening.