November 1 - All Souls


Write Your Own Minimalist Passage, in Bass Cleff

(A series of notes featuring repetition)


Three C Seventh Chords (To be written on staff in Bass Clef)

              Major 7th      Dominant 7th     Minor 7th

7                  B                   Bb                     Bb
5                  G                   G                       G
3                  E                    E                       Eb
Root            C                    C                       C


Constituent Triads and 7th Intervals in Three Seventh-Chords

Seventh Chord                    Triad (Major or minor)     Seventh Interval
                                                      (M    or   m)              (M    or    m)

Major 7th = M7 Chord          =          MT               +              M7 Interval

Dominant 7th =  7 Chord      =          MT               +             m7 Interval        

Minor 7th      =  m7 Chord    =            mT              +              m7 Interval


Three Periods of Aesthetic History after Baroque and Before 21st-Century, and Dates

Classical, 1750-1825

Romantic, 1825-1900

20th-Century, 1900-2000

 

Listening

Sting - Every Breath You Take

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOGaugKpzs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sting_(musician)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Every_Breath_You_Take


Mark Alburger - Camino Real: Block 9

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2dJSGkCrxA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Alburger

http://markalburgerworks.blogspot.com/2003/02/camino-real-op-10.html


Tan Dun - Ghost Opera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtpgURs9c5Y

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan_Dun

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan_Dun:_Ghost_Opera


Hans Zimmer - Interstellar: Cornfield Chase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Vko01D77Fg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Zimmer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstellar_(soundtrack)


Erling Wold - Sub Pontio Pilato: Credo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PCkw3yNZDQ (@ 1:33:05)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erling_Wold

http://www.erlingwold.com/listofworks.html


Prince - Darling Nikki

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyX8w7R7xx8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_(musician)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darling_Nikki

October 18 - Forwards, Backwards, Upside-Down, Etc.



Write your own four-note passage forwards (prime), backwards (retrograde),
upside-down (inversion), and backwards upside-down (retrograde inversion)

Example (please come up with your own)

A C B G (four notes of your choice)   /   G B C A  (i.e. reverse of previous)

A F G B (upside down of above*)   /   B  G  F A (i.e. reverse of previous)

(* A to C is a 3rd up, i.e. A-B-C a distance up involving 3 letter-names
   A to F is a 3rd down, i.e. A-G-F a distance down involving 3 letter names, etc.)


Typical Instrumentation of Three Jazz Bands

Dixieland                          Swing                           Bebop
(New-Orleans Style)         (Big Band)                   (Bop / Rebop)

[1-2] Clarinet(s)               [4-5] Saxophones         Saxophone
[1-2] Trumpet(s)              [4-5] Trumpets             Trumpet
Trombone                        [4-5] Trombones           Trombone

Banjo                               Guitar                           Guitar
Piano                               Piano                            Piano
Tuba (Bass)                     Bass                             Bass
Drums                             Drums                          Drums



Listening (with Wikipedia, etc., links for our mutual enlightenment)


John Cage -  A Valentine Out of Season

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMJ7GpOTWjw

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cage

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_for_prepared_piano_by_John_Cage#A_Valentine_Out_of_Season


Benjamin Britten - The Prince of the Pagodas 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0so4O92hIk4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Britten

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prince_of_the_Pagodas 


Leonard Bernstein - Chichester Psalms: II

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3WQkhptmVA (@ 5:00)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Bernstein

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichester_Psalms


Malcolm Arnold - A Grand, Grand Festival Overture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bHB3F6o3AY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Arnold

https://www.allmusic.com/composition/a-grand-grand-overture-for-orchestra-op-57-mc0002375658


Pierre Boulez - Le Marteau sans Maitre (The Masterless Hammer)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VShcb8ogLYo

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Boulez

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Marteau_sans_maître


George Crumb - Black Angels

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44u71qJFh00

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Crumb

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Angels_(Crumb)

October 11 - Blues in the Day


C (Lydian) Blues - N.B. the above notated in Treble Clef

C Eb F (F#) G Bb C


Four C Chords - again, in Treble Clef, below


C Augmented (Caug)   G#
                                      E
                                      C

C Major (C)                  G
                                      E
                                      C

C Minor (Cm)               G
                                      Eb
                                      C

C Diminished (Cdim)    Gb
                                       Eb
                                       C



I, IV, and V Chords in 12-Bar Blues - N.B. I chord continues in first 4 measure
                                                                      IV chord is in measures 5 and 6, etc.


Chord              I

Measure #       1      2     3     4


                        IV          I

                       5      6     7      8


                        V   IV    I

                        9    10   11   12



Listening - Wikipedia, etc., links for your optional reference


Sergei Prokofiev -  Lieutenant Kije: IV. Troika (Sleigh Ride)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC-1sLcXYfE (@ 12:12)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Prokofiev

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieutenant_Kijé_(Prokofiev)


Darius Milhaud - Le Boeuf sur le Toit (The Ox on the Roof: The Nothing-Doing Bar)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZLfIKYg0Pg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darius_Milhaud

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_bœuf_sur_le_toit


Aaron Copland - An Outdoor Overture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhYsw0O7BY&t=176s

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Copland

https://www.allmusic.com/composition/an-outdoor-overture-for-orchestra-or-band-mc0002355322


Harry Partch -  U.S. Highball

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy9AtlLrYaI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Partch

https://www.allmusic.com/composition/us-highball-for-voices-partch-instruments-from-the-wayward-mc0002419932


Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 6: I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ryR1OHx34w

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._6_(Shostakovich)


Oliver Messiaen - Turangalila Symphony: IV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PjyCpRKDrk

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivier_Messiaen

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turangalîla-Symphonie

October 7 - The Opus Project presents Opus 57 Varieties


THE OPUS PROJECT


Opus 57
Varieties
8pm, Saturday, October 7, 2017
Diablo Valley College Music Building, Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA



Program


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)     
     Sonata No. 23 in F Minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57 (1806)
          I. Allegro assai

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)     
     "The Tale of Tsar Saltan" Suite, Op. 57 (1901)
          I. The Tsar's Departure and Farewell

Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931)         
      Symphony No. 2 in Bb Major, Op. 57 (1903)
            I. Extremement lent

            The Opus Project Orchestra

Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914)         
     Three Piano Pieces, Op. 57 (1905)
          I. Prelude

          Mark Alburger, Piano

Sergei Lyapunov (1859-1924)     
     Three Pieces, Op. 57 (1913)
          I. Little Fugue - Allegretto

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Edward MacDowell (1860 1908)      
     Piano Sonata No. 3 ("Norse"), Op. 57 (1900)
          I. Impressively; at times with impetuous vigor.
          Mesto, ma con passione       

          Mark Alburger, Piano

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)         
     Three Vocal Quartets (1902)
          I. Serenade

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)         
     Two Military Marches, Op. 57 (1907)
          II. War March

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)         
     Concerto, Op. 57 (1928)
          Allegretto un poco

          Stardust, Oboe / The Opus Project Orchestra

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)         
     Eight Ernst Josephson [1851-1906] Songs, Op. 57 (1912)
          I. The River and the Snail - Moderato

Frantisek Drdla (1868-1944)         
     Improvisations (1909)
          III. Ritornell - Allegretto, Op. 57

          Mark Alburger, Piano

Albert Roussel (1869-1937)         
     Concertino, Op. 57 (1936)
          I. Allegro moderato

          Kat Walsh, Bassoon / The Opus Project Orchestra

Florent Schmitt (1870-1958)         
     Two Pieces for Harp or Piano (1911)
           I. The Moorlands

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)     
     Two Piano Pieces, Op. 57 (1908)
          I. Desire

          Mark Alburger, Piano

Frederick Holloway (1873-954)     
     Suite Arabesque, Op. 57 (1921)
          I. Introduction

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)         
     Les Fêtes Rouges, Op. 57 (1917)
          L'Epiphanie du Exiles
                       
Max Reger (1873-1916)         
     Symphonic Fantasy, Op. 57 (1901)
          Vivacissimo ed agitato assai e molto espressivo

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)     
     Six Sorrow Songs, Op. 57 (1904, Christina Rossetti)
          I. Oh What Comes over the Sea

          Mark Alburger, Piano

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)         
     Daphnis et Chloe (1912)
          Tableaux 1: A Prairie at the Edge of a Sacred Wood
          I. Introduction and Religious Dance

Richard Wetz (1875-1935)         
     Violin Concerto, Op. 57 (1932)
          Somewhat halting

          Kristen Kline, Violin / The Opus Project Orchestra

Cyril Scott (1879-1970)         
     Two Piano Sketches, Op. 57 (1907)
          I. The Cuckoo-Call

Nicolai Medtner (1880 -1951)     
     Sonata No. 3 in E Minor ("Epica"), Op. 57
          I. INTRODUZIONE - Andante meditamente

Bela Bartok (1881-1943)         
     Mikrokosmos: 153 Progressive Piano Pieces in 6 Books (1939)
          Book 1 - XV. Imitation and Inversion

          Mark Alburger, Piano

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)     
     Veni Creator, Op. 57 (1930)
          Maestoso

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Joaquin Turina (1882-1949)         
     Piano Partita  in C Major, Op. 57 (1930)
          II. Zarabanda - Lento

Ernst Toch (1887-1965)         
     Ten Piano Studies of Intermediate Difficulty, Op. 57 (1930)
          I. Somewhat leisurely

          Mark Alburger, Piano

Darius Milhaud (1892-1975)         
     Suite Symphonique No. 2, Op. 57 (1919)
          I. Ouverture - Modere

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)         
     Piano Sonata (1941)
          I. Molto moderato

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)     
     Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 (1940)
          I. Prelude - Lento - Opening Solo

Jan Koetsier (1911-2006)         
     Sonatina, Op. 57 (1970)    
          Allegro

          Mark Alburger, Piano


Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)     
     The Prince of the Pagodas, Op. 57 (1956)
          Prelude


Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)         
     A Grand, Grand Festival Overture, Op. 57 (1957)
          Allegro

Henryk Górecki (1933-2010)         
     The Angelus Bells Are Tolling, Op. 57 (1986)
          Moderato

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Jacques Hetu (1938-2010)         
     Concerto, Op. 57 (1995)
          II. Adagio

          Mark Alburger, Piano

Mark Alburger (b. 1957)         
     Amazing Joseph, Op. 57 (1997) 
          I. I Had a Dream

          The Opus Project Orchestra



Kat Walsh (b. 1982)         
     Regrets (2017)

          The Opus Project String-Bassoon Quartet



Hussein Al-Naswari (b. 1991)
     Las Vegas (2017)

          Hussein Al-Naswari, Piano

 

THE OPUS PROJECT ORCHESTRA

Mark Alburger                         Music Director and Conductor

Flute / Piccolo
Alan Kingsley

Oboe / English Horn
Stardust

Tenor Saxophone
Jerod Chamberlain

Bassoon
Kat Walsh

Tenor
Mark Alburger

Piano
Mark Alburger
Hussein Al-Naswari
John Veitch

Percussion
John Veitch

Violin I
Kristen Kline

Violin II
Olga Raldugina

Viola
Greg Zinkl


THE OPUS PROJECT presents

OPUS 58: Haunted
8pm, Saturday, October 28, 2017
Diablo Valley College Music Building
Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA

With the Opus Project Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)        Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 (1806)
Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931)            The Eyes of Love for Voice and Piano, Op. 58 (1904)
Arthur Foote (1853-1937)               Lygeia, Op. 58 (1906)
Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914)            Russian Folksong for Orchestra, Op. 58 (1906)
Julius Rontgen (1855-1932)               Old Dutch Peasant Song, Op. 58 (1913)
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)            Elegy, Op. 58 (1909)
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935)              Songs, Op. 58 (1925)
Anton Arensky (1861-1906)            The Wolves, Op. 58 (1902)
Alexander Gretchaninoff (1864-1956)            Passion Week, Op. 58 (1912)
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)            Elektra, Op. 58 (1909)
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)            Commotio, Op. 58 (1931)
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)            Piano Piece, Op. 58 (1909)
Charles Koechlin (1867-1950)         Oboe Sonata, Op. 58 (1916)
Albert Roussel (1869-1937)            String Trio, Op. 58 (1937)
Vítězslav Novák (1870-1949)         Signorina Gioventu, Op. 58 (1928)
Florent Schmitt (1870-1958)            Little Elf Shut-Eye Week, Op. 58 (1912)
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)            Triptyque, Op. 58 (1931)
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)        Album Leaf, Op. 58 (1910)
Frederick Holloway (1873-954)        Suite Ancienne, Op. 58 (1913)
Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)            Sarabande Triste, Op. 58 (1918)
Max Reger (1873-1916)            Burlesque, Op. 58 (1901)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)            Menuet sur le Nom de Haydn (1909)
Ludolf Nielsen (1876-1939)            Song, Op. 58 (1930
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)        Inner Feelings, Op. 58 (1919)
Cyril Scott (1879-1970)            Alpine Sketch, Op. 58 (1908)
Bela Bartok (1881-1943)            Piece from Mikrokosmos for Two Pianos (1940)
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)        Song from Kurpie, Op. 58 (1932)
Ernst Toch (1887-1965)            Easy Etude, Op. 58 (1931)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)         Cello Concerto, Op. 58 (1951)
Darius Milhaud (1892-1975)            Le Boeuf sur le Toit, Op. 58 (1920)
Ernst Krenek (1900-1991)            Little Symphony, Op. 58 (1928)
Hermann Reutter (1900-1985)        Song after a Poem of Theodor Storm, Op. 58 (1945)
Paul Creston (1906-1985)            Invocation and Dance, Op. 58 (1953)
Jan Koetsier (1911-2006)            Trombone Sonatina, Op. 58 (1970)
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)        Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58 (1957)
Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987)        Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 58 (1952)
Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)            Horn Concerto No. 2, Op. 58 (1956)
George Crumb (b. 1929)            Otherworldly Resonances (2003)
Henryk Górecki (1933-2010)            For You, Anne-Lill, Op. 58 (1986)
Jacques Hetu (1938-2010)            Violin Sonata, Op. 58 (1996)
Mark Alburger (b. 1957)            The Ten Commandments, Op. 58 (1997)

...and your music, should you so desire!

***


And yet again, a boffo evening!


On


the


delightful


188th


day of





summer,


high 88 (Pinole, 77; Pleasant Hill, 89) --


heading down early to copy and and


distribute music,


taking a break in


Franklin Canyon.


After, gather up the Malcolm Arnold vacuum cleaners and proceed gently homeward to compose page 5 The Decameron: Ninth Day, Op. 270: Novel I - "Madonna Francesca, having two lovers, artfully rids herself of both"...

October 6 - In Out


Tahoe Joe's with Harriet,


on the 187th day of summer,


high up 4 to 91 --


printing out all master copies for The Opus Project presents Opus 57 (8pm, Saturday, October 7, 2017, Diablo Valley College Music Building, Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA) and composing page 5 re The Decameron: Ninth Day, Op. 270: Novel I - "Madonna Francesca, having two lovers, artfully rids herself of both"...