Monday, April 26, 2010

April 26 - When Two Are Not Enough

Working on about five scores in the course of the day -- the morning given to finishing up The Creation: II orchestration and the four monophonic instrumental parts for the Pierrot ensemble Job: V. Motet - "Place a Curse". Two coffees and a coke, and out the door to Diablo Valley College, with three selections for the Theoreticians: George Crumb Black Angels and Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi videos (the latter partial, as we simultaneously plan for the student teaching), plus Glass's Einstein on the Beach: Bed for dictation and board harmony. David's rhythmically intriguing piece follows, as does some keyboard-solfege with Julie, and after class the schedule of presentations is brilliantly erased, but somehow, with the help of Chris and the Vocal Jazz class, we reconstruct the scenario, actually peering into the erasures which have left a dim imprint (is this somewhat akin to retrieving deleted files on a hard drive?). Next, a coffee run for not only Doug but Bruce, and a precarious balance is made, sans sugar substitute.

In the lab, finish the composition of Vespers: VI. Psalm 121: Laetatus sum (I Was Glad),

and record same with a Tritone Orchestra of six guitars, piano, and pizzicato strings (indebted to Crumb and Claudio Monteverdi).... adding all the sound files in the BBC war directory

(re the line "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" -- how many Arab-Israeli wars have there been? five according to Info Please: 1948–49, 1956, 1967, 1973–74)... seven tracks of material, soft and panned center and various degrees left and right, with 20 second reverb (somewhat akin to the Melchizedek usage in Abraham and Isaac, but much more muted). The selection recorded will serve double-duty as 122 in Psalms (numbering of the Vulgate and King James differ by one at this point in the assemblages).

Home to do the parts for Job: VI. Dialogue I - "Man Is Born to Suffer" and begin composition of

Vespers: VII. Duo Seraphim, which is also part of Isaiah (6:2-3). Six wings each, for a total of 12, and the duet becomes a trio, as in Monteverdi.