March 27 - Balancing Act
Leave in plenty of time to arrive at DVC in a timely fashion, but, due to some special event and a paucity of on-campus parking, still not early enough (as opposed to the previous day, leaving late and somehow arriving early). So evidently these things are not entirely under our control (surprise, surprise). A walk from off-site, in the drizzle, and not feeling overly apologetic about the whole situation, either. Nevetheless, we all seem to have a fine time in class: Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera: Ballad of Mack the Knife (first eiht bars) for dictation and board harmony, then engaging student compositions. After yesterday's extended school session, think about staying in the local area, but when the time comes, bolt for the northeast, so quickly that somehow funds for the bridge toll are overlooked. No fine for a first violation if one signs up for the electronic solution. Hm...
Productive afternoon homeward, doing a video of Erik Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1, completely catching up with Theory grading, and at least keeping apace with Music History.
Return for the latter, proceeding from the aforesaid through
Scott Joplin - The Entertainer
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 8: I
Arnold Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire: I, VIII; A Survivor from Warsaw
Charles Ives - Three Places in New England: Putnam's Camp
Sergie Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2
Maurice Ravel - Bolero
Ottorino Respighi - The Pines of Rome: The Pines of the Appian Way
Bela Bartok - The Miraculous Mandarin;
Piano Concerto No. 1; Concerto for Orchestra: I, II
Igor Stravinsky - The Firebird; Petrushka;
The Rite of Spring; Symphony Of Psalms: I; Greeting Prelude
Edgar Varese - Octandre: I
Anton Webern - Five Pieces for Orchestra: IV
with the way ahead as above.
Chat afterwards with Doug awhile and return home slightly earlier than useual, doing a video of Anton Webern's Cantata No. 1: I, plus the day's pdf and compositional labours (re Merton Songs , The Decameron , and the conclusion of Psalm 90 [17 pages total]).
Rain falls much of the day and night, for a total of 1.72 inches (the second-highest rainfall of the entire season, topped only by January 20's 1.82) -- now at a welcome more-than-double-average for the month (6.82 vs. 3.26) in this much-below-normal-precipitation year...