June 30 - Going For...


D Major (key signature - two sharps - F#, C#)
D E F# G A B C# D

A Major (key signature - three sharps - F#, C#, G#)
A B C# D E F# G# A

E Major (key signature - four sharps - F#, C#, G#, D#)
E F# G# A B C# D# E

E Minor (key signature - one sharp - F#)
E F# G A B C D E

Three Typical Genres in Baroque Music, and Movements

Dance I
Dance II

Aria (Duet, Trio, Quartet, Quintet...)


J.S. Bach (1685-1750) - Three Creative Periods (City - Type of Music)
Weimar - Organ
Cothen - Instrumental
Leipzig - Vocal


[8567] Claudio Monteverdi - Vespers: I. Deus in Adjutorium (God in the House)
[8575] Heinrich Schutz - Saul, Saul
[8650] Henry Purcell - Dido and Aeneas: When I Am Laid in Earth (Dido's Lament)
[8678] Antonio Vivaldi - Gloria: I. Gloria
[8685] G.F. Handel - Messiah: Hallelujah
[8685] J.S. Bach - Organ Fugue in G Minor ("The Little")


 Accelerated Week 3 for the Morning and Evening Historians, 

Renaissancing our way towards the above --








errands, paper-grading, subtitles for Abducted by Aliens: II. 214 BC Livy / 74 BC Plutarch --













home late,

on the109th day of summer, high flaming up to 104, the third highest temperature of the year, after the pairs of 105's earlier this month on the 8th and 9th (58th 80-or-more, 25th 90+, fourth 100-or-better).

June 29 - Profiles

Out with Harriet once again to another  

Fresh Voices XIV



John Bilotta's  

Rosetta's Stone


Yvonne Freckman's

Close Encounters of the Hillbilly Kind,







80 to do video subtitles for Abducted by Aliens: I. 1965 Gemini VII Bogey.
-- all on the 108th day of summer, high zooming up to 97 (57th 80-or-more, 24th 90+).

June 28 - The Opus Project presents Opus 18


Opus 18
8pm, Saturday, June 28, 2014
Diablo Valley College Music Building 

Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 

Gabriel Faure (1845-1922) - Trois Melodies, Op. 18 (1878)
     III. Automne (Armand Silvestre, 1837-1901)

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) - Six Partsongs,  Op. 18 (1914)
     VI. The Vale of Tuoni

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) - Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 (1901)
     I. Moderato

Gustav Holst (1874-1934) - The Mystic Trumpeter, Op 18 (1904)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) - The Golden Touch, Op. 18 (1910)
     Scene 1

     Jill Wagoner, Soprano / Feona Lee Jones, Piano / The Opus Project Orchestra

Leonardo de Lorenzo (1875-1962) - Two Pieces for Flute and Piano, Op. 18 (1917)
     II. Valse d'Automne

Bela Bartok (1881-1945) - Three Etudes, Op. 18 (1918 )
     II. Andante sostenuto
George Enescu (1881-1955) - Piano Suite No. 3, Op. 18 (1913)
     II. Voice of the Steppe

     Alan Kingsley, Flute  / Feona Lee Jones and Mark Alburger, Piano

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) - Three Pieces (1914)
     I. Half = 126

     The Opus Project Orchestra

Anton Webern (1883-1945) - Three Songs, Op. 18 (1925)
     I. Little Darling  (Peter Rosegger, 1843-1918)

     Jill Wagoner, Soprano / Alan Kingsley, Flute / Michael Stubblefield, Guitar

Ernst Toch (1887-1964) - String Quartet No. 8, Op. 18 (1909)
     I. (Quasi Prologus)

     The Opus Project String Quartet 

  Jerzy Gablenz (1888-1937) - Six Melodies, Op. 18 (1924)
     II. We Walk Together (J. Mirski)

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) - The Ugly Duckling, Op. 18
     (1914, N Meshcherskaya, 1889–1981, 
          after Hans Christian Andersen, 1805–1875)
     Piu mosso

Darius Milhaud (1892-1975) - Spring, Op.18 (1914)
     Souple et modere

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) - Eight Songs, Op. 18 (1920)
     VIII. Trumpets (Georg Trakl, 1887-1914)

     Jill Wagoner, Soprano / John Yoon, Violin / Feona Lee Jones, Piano

Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987) - Symphony No. 1, Op. 18 (1932)
     I. Lento - Allegro (Beginning)


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) - New Babylon, Op. 18 (1929) 
     FIRST REEL - GENERAL SALE - I. War. Death to the Prussians.

     The Opus Project Orchestra

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) - Two Songs, Op. 18 (1943)
     II. Monks and Raisins (Jose Garcia Villa)

     Jill Wagoner, Soprano / Feona Lee Jones, Piano

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) - Variations and Fugue, Op. 18 (1963)

     The Opus Project Orchestra

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) - Les Illuminations, Op. 18 (1939)
     (Arthur Rimbaud, 1854-1891, Les Illuminations, 1873) 

Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987) - Symphony No. 1 for Band, Op. 18 (1942)
     I. Adagio - Allegro

Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) - Toccata, Villancico, y Fuga, Op. 18 (1947)
     I. Toccata


Robert Muczynski (1929-2010) - Three Preludes for Unaccompanied Flute, Op.18 (1962)
     I. Allegro
     II. Andante molto
     III. Allegro molto

     Alan Kingsley, Flute

Steve Reich (b. 1936) - Music for 18 Musicians (1976)
     Pulse 1 - Introduction

Philip Glass (b. 1937) - Music in Similar Motion (1969)
     Page 1

Oliver Knussen (b. 1952) - Symphony No. 3, Op. 18 (1979)

     The Opus Project Orchestra

Mark Alburger (b. 1957) - Yellow River Concerto II, Op. 18  (1979)


Scott Sterling (b. 1970) -  Happy Morning: A Theme with Eight Variations (2010)

     The Opus Project Orchestra

Feona Lee Jones (b. 1985) - Water for Notes (2013)

Michael Stubblefield (b. 1989) - 12 Minor Piano Preludes
     II. B Minor (2013)     

     Feona Lee Jones, Piano


Mark Alburger     Music Director and Conductor 

Alan Kingsley

Eva Langfeldt

Chris Diggins

Michael Garvey
Tim Machajewski

Michael Cox

Bob Satterford

Scott Sterling

Jill Wagoner

Mark Alburger

Michael Stubblefield

Mark Alburger
Feona Lee Jones

Ken Crawford

Violin I
John Yoon*

Violin II
Corey Johnson*

Kristy Venstrom
Kat Walsh*

Aaron Urton*

Michael Stubblefield

*The Opus Project String Quartet


OPUS 19 - 8pm, Saturday, July 26, 2014,
Diablo Valley College Music Building,
Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA

A Multi-Media Event, with Tim Machajewski,
Jill Wagoner, and The Opus Project Orchestra

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)            A Song of the Night, Op 19, No. 1 (1905)   
Charles Ives (1874-1954)            The Circus Band (1898)   
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)        Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19 (1911)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)            Pavane for a Dead Princess, S. 19 (1910)
Bela Bartok (1881-1945)            The Miraculous Mandarin: Prelude, Op.19 (1918)
Josef Matthais Hauer (1883-1959)         Nomos, Op. 19 (1919)
Anton Webern (1883-1945)            Goethe Song, Op. 19, No. 1 (1926)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)            Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 19, No. 1 (1916)   
Darius Milhaud (1892-1975)            Romantic Poem, Op.19, No. 1 (1914)           
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)            Piano Dance Piece, Op. 19, No. 2 (1920)
Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)        Symphony No. 2, Op. 19, No. 1 (1934)
Paul Creston (1906-1985)            Saxophone Sonata, Op. 19, No. 2 (1946)
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)        The Bedbug, Op. 19 (1929)           
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)            Symphony No. 2, Op. 19 (1944)       
Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)            Angelic Song, Op. 19 (1947)           
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)        Canadian Carnival Overture, Op. 19 (1939)       
Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)        Rondo, Op. 19 (1947)
Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)            Flute Sonatina, Op. 19 (1948)
Oliver Knussen (b. 1952)            Frammenti da Chiara, Op.19a (1975)
Mark Alburger (b. 1957)            Academic Endeavors, Op. 19 (1970)   

Gabriel Faure (1845-1922) - Trois Melodies, Op. 18 (1878)
                    III. Automne (Armand Silvestre, 1837-1901)

Automne au ciel brumeux, aux horizons navrants.
Aux rapides couchants, aux aurores pâlies,
Je regarde couler, comme l'eau du torrent,
       Tes jours faits de mélancolie.
Sur l'aile des regrets mes esprits emportés,
-Comme s'il se pouvait que notre âge renaisse!-
Parcourent, en rêvant, les coteaux enchantés,
       Où jadis sourit ma jeunesse!
Je sens, au clair soleil du souvenir vainqueur,
Refleurir en bouquet les roses deliées,
Et monter à mes yeux des larmes, qu'en mon coeur,
       Mes vingt ans avaient oubliées!

 Autumn, time of misty skies and heart-breaking horizons,
 of rapid sunsets and pale dawns,
 I watch your melancholy days
        flow past like a torrent.
  My thoughts borne off on the wings of regret
 (as if our time could ever be relived!)
 dreamingly wander the enchanted slopes
        where my youth once used to smile.
  In the bright sunlight of triumphant memory
 I feel the scattered roses reblooming in bouquets;
 and tears well up in my eyes, tears which my heart
        at twenty had already forgotten!

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) - Six Partsongs,  Op. 18 (1914)
                    VI. The Vale of Tuoni

Vale of Tuoni, Vale of starlight,
Golden sand thy cradle waits thee,
There shall I lead thee my darling.
Love and joy shall each hour yield thee,
Thou shalt tend the master's cattle,
In the pale valley of Tuoni,
In the quiet of the evening,
when the flocks are gently sleeping
In the pale Tuonela moonlight.
Thee my loved one shall be happy,
Lying in thy golden cradle,
Sleeping while nightbirds are singing.
Vale of Tuoni, Vale of dreaming!
There no worldly strife nor scheming,
There are all sorrows forgotten!

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) - The Golden Touch 
                    (Die Gluckliche Hand), Op. 18 (1910)
                    Scene 1

Still, o schweig, du weisst es ja
undtrotzdem bist du blind?
So oft schon!  Und immer wieder?
Immer wieder das gleiche Ende.
Immer wieder glaubst du dem Traum?...

O schweige, Ruheloser! du wusstest es ja.
Kannst du nicht endlich Rube finden!
Du weisst, es ist immer wieder das Gleiche.
Musst du dich immer wieder hineinsturzen?
Glaub der Wirklichkeit, sie ist so, so ist sie,
und nicht anders.
Immer wieder hangst du deine Sehnsucht...

Be still, won't you? You know how it always is,
and yet you remain blind.
So many times already!  And once again?
Once again the same ending.
Once again trusting in the dream...

Be silent, restless being. You knew how it would be.
Will you never be at rest?
You know that the pattern once again repeats itself.
Must you once again rush in?
Believe in reality: it is thus, thus it is,
and not otherwise.
Once again you fix your longing..

Anton Webern (1883-1945) - Three Songs, Op. 18 (1925)
                    I. Little Darling  (Peter Rosegger, 1843-1918)

Schatzerl klein,
Mußt nit traurig sein,
Eh das Jahr vergeht,
Bist du mein.
Eh das Jahr vergeht,
Grünt das Rosmarin,
Sagt der Pfarrer laut:
Nehmt's euch hin.
Grünt der Rosmarin,
Grünt der Myrtenstrauß
Und der Nagerlstock
Blüht im Haus.

Little darling,
you must not be mournful;
before the year has ended
you will be mine.
Before the year has ended
the rosemary will turn green,
and the parson will proclaim:
"You are man and wife."
The rosemary will turn green,
the myrtle sprigs will turn green,
and the gillyflower
will bloom inside the house.

Jerzy Gablenz (1888-1937) - Six Melodies, Op. 18 (1924)
                    II. We Walk Together (J. Mirski)

We walk together among golden fields
into distant and radiant dawn.
We walk together among golden fields,
rustling fields breezy hills radiant dawn
We walk together in golden fields.
Beyond the seas crimson red sun
plaits into our hair wreath of roses.
Loud song flows from the fields, from hills,

from the meadows, song flows from fields and hills.
It comes strong from the fields and hills from our shining
souls, from our radiant calm from our gentle souls.
We walk together, hand in hand,
gazing into the fading dawn.
We walk together among golden fields,
rustling fields, golden fields, starry sky behind us,
gazing into the fading dawn.

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)  - The Ugly Duckling, Op. 18
                    (1914, N Meshcherskaya, 1889–1981,
                    after Hans Christian Andersen, 1805–1875)
                    Piu mosso

Иногда он часами сидел в камышах,
Замирая от страха,
дрожа от испуга,
А выстрелы охотнихов раздавались
по всему лесу.
Страшная пасть собаки зияла над его головой.

He spent the days trembling in the reeds,
ravaged by anguish, dying of terror,
while hunters shot without stopping,
close to the gloomy lake.
Then an enormous dog hurled himself at the duck,
wanting to eat him.

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) - Eight Songs, Op. 18 (1920)
                    VIII. Trumpets (Georg Trakl, 1887-1914)

Unter verschnittenen Weiden, wo braune Kinder spielen
und Blätter treiben, tönen Trompeten.
    Ein Kirchhofsschauer.
Fahnen von Scharlach stürzen durch des Ahorns Trauer,
Reiter entlang an Roggenfeldern, leeren Mühlen.

Oder Hirten singen nachts und Hirsche treten
in den Kreis ihrer Feuer,
    des Hains uralte Trauer.
Tanzende heben sich von einer schwarzen Mauer;
Fahnen von Scharlach, Lachen, Wahnsinn, Trompeten.

Under trimmed willows where brown children play,
And leaves drift, trumpets sound.
    A churchyard-shudder.
Scarlet banners fall through the maple tree's mourning,
Riders along rye fields, empty mills.

Or shepherds sing at night and stags step
Into the circle of their fire,
    the ancient mourning of the wood;
Dancing figures raise themselves before a black wall;
Banners of scarlet, laughter, madness, trumpets.

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) - Two Songs, Op. 18 (1943)
                    II. Monks and Raisins (Jose Garcia Villa)

I have observed pink monks eating blue raisins.
And I have observed blue monks eating pink raisins.
Studiously have I observed.
Now, this is the way a pink monk eats a blue raisin:
Pink is he and it is blue and the pink
Swallows the blue.
I swear this is true.

And the way a blue monk eats a pink raisin is this:
Blue is he and it is pink and the blue
Swallows the Pink
And this also is truth.
Indeed I have observed and myself partaken
Of blue and pink raisins.
But my joy was diff'rent:
My joy was to see the blue and the pink counterpointing.


Quite possibly the most excellent series of Opus Project performances ever,

on a very full day, 

finishing videos,

the program,

and promotion --







rehearsal for Fresh Voices Festival of New Works XIV: Taken,

including Richard Bagwell's To Hell with Heroes


Helena Michelson's

It Isn't Music That... , all with great performers, including hornist Bob Saterford, who 11th-hourly joins us for the evening's Opus 18 (completing our roster to a titular Music for 18 Musicians, Steve Reich, et. al....). 

Meanwhile, off to the printers with Harriet, for the program, then we decamp for a respite at Elephant Bar where

Eugenia (a.k.a. Yvgenia) greets us. 




superb show!

Late, return to compose page 30 of Cristobal Colon, on the 107th day of summer, high 91 (56th 80-or-more, 23rd at 90+)