31 May 2015
21 May 2015
19 May 2015
Now, my eye falling upon the title of an old trio for clarinet and two saxophones, I wonder if that score may possibly be salvageable . . . even if not, the rediscovery of these piano pieces has been something of a gift to my later self.
15 May 2015
As at times I mull upon my (let's call it) mild dissatisfaction over the obscurity into which Misapprehension has sunk, I've thought about how I might re-score it.
String choir, sure, but it isn't as if I knew the director of a string orchestra for whom the piece would right away be a good fit. And when I learnt that there is a mandolin orchestra nearby, that intelligence set wheels in motion; but in the event, such a scheme were insufficiently practical.
I think the most nearly practical Plan B, is a version for a subset of the standard wind ensemble. Which is far from a bad idea.
13 May 2015
08 May 2015
This past November, organist David Bohn invited me to participate in a call. The deadline is 1 June, so it is time to act. The project is called Fifteen Minutes of Fame, and composers are invited to send a piece of no greater length than 60 seconds. It seems I should certainly be able to compose a one-minute piece ... ten seconds a day, and I shall be done in a week. Let's go ....
06 May 2015
Message in, thanking me for the listing of the Triad concert at the BMInt. No indication that they will come review the concert. I'm already over it.
Settling on the scoring for the new Schulte setting for the October concert.
Luke Ottevanger is finalizing the Canticle Sonata, which I am looking forward to reading with a pianist this summer.
05 May 2015
Still hoping to put on The Mousetrap at King's Chapel this 2 June. The good news is, the "new" violist, Frank Grimes (a long-standing colleague of our own Peter H Bloom), likes the piece, thinks it will be fun to play. The only question, of course, is: is there time for the two of us to put it together in the next four weeks.
We shall reach a decision this week (of course) . . . Plan B is to revive the Studies in Impermanence.
02 May 2015
01 May 2015
Courtesy of an old acquaintance (lest he be forgot):
John Rogers: "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
I only wish he had left out that "of course," which spoils the joke.
10. Lenny Bruce declares a truce, and plays his other hand.
9. Something tells me I’d better activate my prayer capsule
8. Show me ’round your fruit cage, ’cause I will be your honey bee.
7. But the Devil caught hold of my soul and a voice called out “Shoot!”
6. This is Moribund, the Burgermeister, I’m gonna keep this monster down.
5. The porcelain mannequin with shattered skin fears attack
4. And if we break before the dawn, they’ll use up what we used to be.
3. Don’t tell me this is dying, ’cause I ain’t changed that much.
2. It’s a yellow plastic “shoobedoobe”
1. Hand in hand, gland in gland
Bonus: HERACLEUM MANTEGAZZIANI!