Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 31 - Riding the Peaks

Up early for videos of Spectral Preludes: VII. Purple and

VIII. Blue-Purple and another Psalm 22c (23) sheet, before Theory, with dictation and board harmony on the Orkney Island Hymn to St. Magnus. Paper grading follows at Elephant Bar, then a return for

Music Literature, the weekly

assignment, and the late-evening Owen-Doug faculty conference at the bistro.

Monday, August 30, 2010

August 30 - Warm Interval

Do the fifth video for Spectral Preludes (Red), another page of Psalm 22c (22) and begin writing up the JooWan Kim show before the daily beauteous commute to Diablo Valley College -- with D Dorian and Minor, E Phrygian, Rex Coeli dictation/harmonization (oblique and contrary motion), and a fine composition by Cameron.

Home apace, after a

supply run,

to finish the Mik Nawooj etc article, embed videos in the first half of the Medieval chapter at markalburgermusichistory.blogspot.com, and create more visuals for Preludes with

VI. Red-Purple.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

August 29 - Dancing Along

Various entertainments with Harriet, plus of course another page of Psalm 22c (21) and two more videos for Spectral Preludes: IV. Red-Orange and

III. Orange. Also discover Hulu, with its collection of old TV shows online...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 28 - Color Whirled

Begin videos for Spectral Preludes, Op. 38, with I. Yellow (C) and

II. Yellow-Orange (G), and do -- yes -- another edited page of Psalm 22c (20), plus some 21st-Century Music work.

Eventime, and head out with Harriet

past Mt. Diablo and

Orinda to


Giorgi Gallery (just downhill from the Claremont Hotel) to take in the brilliant

JooWan Kim and combination Pierrot / jazz-trio ensemble in his

chamber hip-hop opera Integration. (report soon at 21st-centurymusic.blogspot.com, 21st-centurymusic.com, and in print).

Friday, August 27, 2010

August 27 - Up and Down

Finish up videos for the latter two movements of Seasons' Eves: IV. Winter and

III. Fall, work on Recordings section of October 2010 21st-Century Music, head off to

dinner at a local Chinese spot with Harriet, as the local temperature plunges (into the 70's and 60's, two days after the 100's and 90's), and do another edited page of Psalm 22c (19) -- also discover the old Dyke van Dyke show online (with the classic ditty I Am a Fine Musician) and favorite a Casablanca excerpt for use in markalburgermusichistory.blogspot.com

Thursday, August 26, 2010

August 26 - Somewhere In Between

Another edited page of Psalm 22c (18), heavy traffic approaching Cordelia, and Quiz 2 for the Theoreticians (Bass Clef, m & M2's, Snake Charmer keyboard-solfege in letter names, F Lydian and Major Scales) -- followed by a jaunt across the Bay to Celia's for paper grading (all A's again), post box check (several financial greetings), and walking the length of Casa Grande Avenue in Petaluma from Lakeville to

General Vallejo's Old Adobe, via

housing old





sheep (of all animals...), a


intrusion (well at least there are views and a kind of preservation, in contradistiction to some of the other encrustations)

challenging the thirsty

riparian corridor and

lost fish at the

edge of town, a



(at the end point, which, astoundingly enough turns out to be part of the

Bay Area Ridge Trail), and

fog nudging up against Sonoma Mountain, invading across the Estero Lowlands to the north. After this, there will only be the long walk north to (the second) Sonoma Mountain Road to finish up the Coast-to-Tahoe-Basin endeavor, but, for now, subsequent to a circuitous return, there's dessert with Harriet and the first two videos of

Seasons's Eves: I. Spring and

II. Summer. Check out Alexis Alrich's impressive work on Facebook and YouTube, and we become friends and mutual subscribers on the latter.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August 25 - All That Meets -- Aye!

A degree hotter than yesterday -- 107 -- definitely getting up there as two more videos are produced for Mary Variations, specifically XIV. Minimal Mary and

XIII. Toying with Mary, plus another edited page of Psalm 22c (17). The day's Music Theory class is given over to review of Bass Clef, F Lydian and Major, with sight-singing of Ancient Greek music including the First Delphic Hymn and the Epitaph of Seikilos, to which is added a bit of Indian Raga, launching into the first engaging compositions of our student composers. Returning in the blazing sun, Harriet and I share a sumptuous supper, and the Variations videos are concluded with

XV. Punk Mary and

XVI. Movie Mary.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 24 - Red Sky at Noon

Hottest day of the summer, getting up to 106 officially, with yet more videos for Mary Variations -- XII. Concerto for Serial Mary the Kid, after

XI. Mary and the Wolf -- and another prepared-for-publication page of Psalm 22c (16).

Following these, a blast off to DVC for Theory, with F Lydian and Major, and major sight-singing endeavors, also beginning with beginning harmonization, at the perfect parallel fifth below, in the spirit of Musica Enchiriadis.

Home briefly, organizing first student compositions (which were due today), for initial presentations tomorrow, then back for more with the Music Historians (9000-year-old Chinese Gudi flutes through the Grecian Delphic Hymns) and their Quiz 1,

preparing for next week.

Festivities afterwards with


Doug, and Melanie -- meeting a couple of women (drawn by the Jerome (AZ) leather cap, one a UCSD alumnae) who, astoundingly enough, are familiar with the music of Roger Reynolds. Home late thereafter, to wonderful Harriet.

Monday, August 23, 2010

August 23 - Once in a Blue Sun

Impressively hot day, with two more videos for Mary Variations, the second being X. Blue Chrome Mary, following

IX. The Rite of Mary. Second week of Fall Semester 2010 begins with Bass Clef, Intervals from P1 to P5, Prime/Retrograde/Inversion/Retrograde-Inversion Board Work, lingering thereafter in the lab to Tritone-Orchestra record Symphony No. 2: III, then



to rendezvous with Harriet and edit another page of Psalm 22c (15).

Sunday, August 22, 2010

August 22 - Jumping About

A leisurely morning with Harriet, plus two more videos for Mary Variations, being VIII. Salieri Mary and

IX. Mary Rag, another page of Psalm 22 (14), and printing up the parts for Animal Farm: Part 1. In Cold Blood at Staples (slightly cheaper and more service oriented than at formerly-known-as-Kinkos, the latter where they now have several "Kinkos Inside" signs in the spirit of Intel -- perhaps they've finally learned the value of the original name, albeit probably too late). After this, we head to the city, finding, at last,the Getty Grant waiting for us in the Goat Hall mailbox... Hallelujah! Then off to Loren's to drop off the parts for AF: P1. ICB + Terry Riley's In C and to Suzanna Mizell's likewise re the Job score. Beyond, Harriet and I swing south to South San Francisco, dining late at a Mexican spot, then north via the coast, Marin, Sonoma, and home for a relaxing late evening together, to the strains of Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme. Very late, discover all of the Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi and Powwaqatsi video files on YouTube and post as two new playlists on the DrMarkAlburger channel.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

August 21 - The Journey Home

Harriet's back, and we leap for joy a la V. Mary Is Icumen In from Mary Variations, also doing video for

VI. Monteverdi Mary earlier in the day. Additionally pre her arrival,

take a run for

more file boxes, put all the music/etc. that has been scattered around the dining room and study back into the adjunct library -- considerably neater, although not perfect by a long shot, for now -- and print out all the parts for Animal Farm: Part I In Cold Blood. Somewhere in there, as well, is another edited page of Psalm 22c (13).

Friday, August 20, 2010

August 20 - Living It

More videos for Mary Variations -- Now III. Dies Mary and

IV. Medieval (Isorhythmic) Mary -- plus another edited page of Psam 22c (12), looking forward to Harriet's return tomorrow. Internet connection goes out for awhile (perhaps the high, chill winds of the evening?), so stall for time and go out on a supply run. Upon return, situation has still not rectified itself, whereupon the old unplug-it-and-plug-it-back-in is tried, and, lo, it works....

Thursday, August 19, 2010

August 19 - On!

Begin videos for Mary Variations, Op. 28 (1985), with I. Pentatonic Mary and

II. Mary Raga Kalyam, bestow the first quiz upon the Theoreticians, then make for

Alameda and

Marin, for a first fall-semester 2010 session at Celia's (all A's on the quizzes -- always a good sign), checking the post box with several financial greetings, then

north to

Petaluma for a second and final walk on

Lakeville Road,






Casa Grande north, now with only this stretch from here to

Sonoma Mountain Road to finish up the walk from the Coast to the Sierra.

Returning via 116,

12 (through Sonoma








there are the last two pages of Symphony No. 2 and another of Psalm 22c (11) to edit, and more parts to print out for Animal Farm.