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My Year of Opera: September

Ok, the digest version of this blog seems to be here to stay. I’ll do my best. September was a bit of a whirl, I don’t quite remember what order I saw these but I’ll do my best. Didn’t I just say that? Petitgirard: Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man Watched this on the Naxos Video […]

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Counterpoint in Composering: Second Species

Gah. There are too many configurations here. Some of these are better than others, I’m not going to bore you with a detailed slog through the rights and wrongs. Consider this a public “working out” in a contrapuntal way. 2:1:CF (2:1 in the soprano, 1:1 in the middle, CF in the bass) Assessment: This one […]

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Counterpoint in Composering: Assignment 1

The assignment for my counterpoint class was simple: compose 3 note-against-note counterpoints. Two of these are in two voices (one above the CF, one below) and a three voice example with both new voices on top of the CF. The students chose their own CFs for the 2 voice examples and we all used the […]

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Counterpoint in Composering: In-class work

Today in my counterpoint class we worked through our first three-voice first species exercises. I put a cantus firmus on the board and we talked through all the considerations of 1:1 in three voices. Here is what we came up with: The biggest issue we ran into as class time ran out was how to […]

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Counterpoint in Composering – First Species

I picked a random cantus firmus from page 11 of the Counterpoint in Composition text and wrote counterpoints for each possible CF position. Example 1: Cantus firmus in the bass Assessment? This is my first one and I was rather surprised at how much more restrictive Salzer and Schachter are than Fux. While there are […]

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Counterpoint Homework

Remember my whole “Summer ad Parnassum” blog series from a few years ago? Sure you do. Well, I’m at it again in a limited series. I’m teaching counterpoint again and this year, instead of the Fux, I’m using the Salzer and Schachter book¬†Counterpoint in Composition. I love this book for many reasons and I’ve adopted […]

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My Year of Opera: August

Okay, this is my last “digest version” of this blog. I promise. Each opera will be getting full treatment for the rest of the year. Unless it doesn’t. Who can say? Anyhow, this finishes off all the operas I watched for August! Die Zauberfl√∂te I’ve seen it before, the old DG video lurks in my […]

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My Year of Opera: July

Digest version as I get caught up on blog posts. The opera watching has been happening but the blog posts have been lacking. Here is what happened for July, the recurring theme was “American Opera.” 1. Doctor Atomic – John Adams I watched this around July 4 because of irony. Musically, I enjoyed it. Story-wise, […]

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My Year of Opera – JUNE: Robert Ashley

As I hit the mid-point of the year, I found myself in a rut. Here I was, diligently watching an opera each week, but getting really bored with it. It became an obligation. Finding something I was really excited to see was getting harder and harder. I didn’t want this to be a year of […]

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Held back

I’m a Buddhist and a zazen practicioner. I listen to a lot of dharma-related podcasts and one recurring idea that has come up recently is the idea that we get in our own way. I’ve noticed this a lot in my creative work; my compositions are generally worse when I try to Make Them instead […]

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