May 10 - Experiments


Write any Scale (other than Major or Minor) and Identify


Write Four Chords (but not on C) and Identify


Write the Instruments in a Large Orchestra, in Score Order


Listening

Igor Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring: Part I - Adoration of the Earth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFPjFjUonX8

Sergei Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PkEkxMb2yI

George Crumb - Black Angels
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXvAs5aGkG4

Steve Reich - Octet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Np9yApXD94

Mark Alburger - Camino Real: Prologue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_IXz6b49XA

Michael Cooke - Music for Humans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1SSWqEOMwY

May 3 - Finalizing


Write Any Major Scale Other Than C, and Solfege


Write Any Minor Scale Other Than A, and Solfege


List Six Periods of Aesthetic History Before the 20th Century

(Including Ancient - 3500 BC - AD 400)


Listening

Greek - First Delphic Hymn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8vvEbUzV2g

[7270] Italy - Trotto

[7450] Josquin des Pres - Scaramella

[7685] J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 1: I

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 ("Choral"): IV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tBIkADzHhI (at 37:50)

[7862] Claude Debussy - Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

April 26 - Later Music...


Write Four Bars of Music


Write a Short Essay on a Favorite Piece (including information on Composer and/or Performer)


Listening

[8770] Michael Cooke - Ha Meaggel

Thomas Ades - Totentanz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G8ySgSayK8

Mason Bates - Warehouse Medicine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjZ1HhvZPlg

Steven Price - Gravity: Debris
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFJdAAXaMRU

Feona Jones - Morning Mist
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kifaC2P_Mv4

Lady Gaga - Poker Face
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bESGLojNYSo

April 19 - Late, Great!


Write a Minimalist Passage 

(a musical phrase utilizing repetition)


Three C 7th Chords

C Major 7th (CM7 or CMaj7) - (bottom to top) C-E-G-B

C Dominant 7th (C7)  - C-E-G-Bb

C Minor 7th (Cm7) - C Eb-G-Bb


Triads and Major 7th Intervals in Three 7th Chords

Major 7th (M7 or Maj7) = C Major Triad + Major 7th Interval

Dominant 7th (7) = C Major Triad + Minor 7th Interval

Minor 7th (m7) = C Minor Triad + Minor 7th Interval


Three Periods of Music After Baroque and Before Present, with Dates

Classical, 1750-1825

Romantic, 1825-1900

20th-Century, 1900-2000


Listening

[1951] Sting - Every Breath You Take

[1957] Mark Alburger - Camino Real: Block 9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2dJSGkCrxA

[1947] Tan Dun - Ghost Opera

Hans Zimmer - Interstellar: Cornfield
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Vko01D77Fg


[1058] Erling Wold - Sub Pontio Pilato: Credo

Prince - Darling Nikki
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU8Tu9GFwUw

April 17 - Tossed


83rd day of spring, high 63 (66 San Ramon, 64 Pleasant Hill -- .05 rain / 46.21 since 7/1)... taking a drive


(after meeting with the


Music Historians)


east on Windemere


north


Tassajara,



eastly


again via


Highland,


and


south


through


Collier Canyon in Contra Costa


and


Alameda


Counties. 


Eventually


homeward


on


680


back


into


Solano,


with interposed errands, to orchestrate system 23 of John Cage's The Perilous Night: VI, as part of Cage Orchestrations, Op. 265...

April 16 - Hey!



Home all day with Harriet, orchestrating system 22 of John Cage's The Perilous Night: VI, as part of Cage Orchestrations, Op. 265 -- on the 82nd day of spring, high 60 (.38 additional rainfal, for 46.16 total since 7/1)...

April 15 - Non-Taxing Non-Toxic II: Alburger's 60th Birthday and More!


THE OPUS PROJECT
Opus 52
Non-Taxing Non-Toxic II: Alburger's 60th and More!
8pm, Saturday, April 15, 2017
Diablo Valley College Music Building, Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA



Program

Karl Goldmark (1830-1915)           
     Georginen: Six Piano Pieces, Op. 52 (1913)
          I. Georgine

          Mark Alburger, Piano

Ernst Schmidt (1878-1924)           
     Violin Concertino No. 1, Op. 52 (1924)
          I. Allegro moderato

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931)           
     Popular Songs of Vivarais, Op. 52 (1900)
          I. We Enter this Lovely Month

Arthur Foote (1853-1937)                 
     20 Piano Preludes, Op. 52 (1903)
          V. Andante espressivo

Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914)           
     Three Ballet Pieces, Op. 52 (1901)
          I. Moderato

          Harriet March Page, Mezzo-Soprano / Mark Alburger, Piano

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)           
     A Christmas Greeting, Op. 52 (1907)
          Prelude

          Kristen Kline and Carole Cloud, Violins

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)           
     Near the Sea: Six Sketches for Piano, Op. 52 (1901)
           I. Andante sostenuto

Henri Pierné (1863-1937)            
     Passacaille, Op. 52 (1932)
          Moderato

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)           
     Preludio e Presto, Op. 52 (1928)
          PRELUDIO - Con fantasia


Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)           
     Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 52 (1907)
          I. Allegro moderato


Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)       
     Divertimento for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 52 (1920)   
          Allegro misurato

Charles Koechlin (1867-1950)       
     Flute Sonata, Op. 52 (1913)
          I. Adagio molto tranquillo


Hans Pfitzner (1869-1949)            
     Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 52 (1943)
          I. Calm

Ede Poldini (1869-1957)           
     Arlequinades, Op. 52 (1912)
          I. Debut et Serenade



Albert Roussel (1869-1937)           
     Sinfonietta, Op. 52 (1934)
          I. Allegro molto

Vítězslav Novák (1870-1949)        
     Spring, Op. 52 (1918)
          Squirrel and Fox

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)  
     Three Piano Pieces, Op. 52 (1907)
          I. Poeme (Lento)

          Alan Kingsley, Flute / Harriet March Page, Mezzo-Soprano
          Mark Alburger, Piano / Aaron Urton, Cello
          The Opus Project Orchestra
    

Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)           
     Twilight over Lake Ogwen, Op. 52 (1916)
          Modere (sans lenteur)

          Megan Cullen, Piano

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)       
     Four Noveletten, Op. 52 (1903)
          I. Allegro moderato

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)           
     L'Heure Espagnole (1907)
          I. Introduction (Assez lent)

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Alexander Gedike (1877-1957)        
     Five Piano Pieces, Op. 52 (1938)
          I. Prelude (Molto sostenuto)

Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)       
     Eight Songs, Op. 52 (1905)
          II. Half-Dream (Otto Leixner von Grunberg, 1847-1907)

          Harriet March Page, Mezzo-Soprano / Mark Alburger, Piano
   
Cyril Scott (1879-1970)           
     Three Songs, Op. 52 (1906, Rosamund Marriet Watson, 1894-1911)
          I. A Song of London



Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951)           
     Seven Songs on Poems of Alexander Pushkin [1799-1837], Op. 52 (1929)
          III. Elegie - Grave

Bela Bartok (1881-1943)           
     Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta (1936)
          II. Allegro

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)           
     Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments (1924)
          I. Largo

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)       
     La Berceuse d'Aitacho Enia, Op. 52 (1926)
          Lento assai

               Megan Cullen, Soprano / Harriet March Page, Mezzo-Soprano
               Mark Alburger, Piano / Kristen Kline, Violin
               The Opus Project Orchestra



Ernst Toch (1887-1965)           
     Geographical Fugue (1930)

          Video

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)        
     Six Piano Pieces, Op. 52 (1931)
          I. Intermezzo (Andantino)

          Mark Alburger, Piano



Aaron Copland (1900-1990)           
     Of Mice and Men (1939)
          Fight / Final Scene

          Video

Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)       
     Variations and Toccata on "Aurora lucis rutilat," Op. 52 (1980)
          VARIAZIONE I

George Crumb (b. 1929)           
     Quest (1994)
          I. Refrain I

          Kenneth Del Valle-Ruiz, Guitar / The Opus Project Orchestra

Alexander Goehr (b. 1932)           
     String Quartet No. 4, Op. 52 (1990)
          First Part - Quarter = 96

          The Opus Project String Quartet


Mark Alburger (b. 1957)           
     Street Songs, Op. 29 (1985)
          I. All My Relations

     Abraham and Isaac, Op. 52 (1996)
          II. The Separation (Rag)  

     Out on the Porch, Op. 107 (2002)
          VI. Caroline

          Harriet March Page, Mezzo-Soprano
          Mark Alburger, Tenor and Piano
          The Opus Project Orchestra



Scott Sterling (b. 1970)           
     Butterfly at Play (2017)

          The Opus Project Trio


Kenneth Del Valle-Ruiz (b. 1990)       
     Viento (2017)
       
          The Opus Project Orchestra



Hussein Al-Naswari (b. 1991)
     The American Joke: Donald Trump (2017)

          Hussein Al-Naswari, Piano
       

THE OPUS PROJECT ORCHESTRA

Mark Alburger                        Music Director and Conductor
Kenneth Del Valle-Ruiz                    Associate Conductor

Flute / Piccolo
Alan Kingsley

Oboe / English Horn
Stardust

Clarinet / Piccolo Clarinet

Tom Berkelman

Bassoon
Nat Echols
Tim Machajewski

Trombone
Scott Sterling

Tuba
Aaron Wallace

Soprano
Megan Cullen

Mezzo-Soprano
Harriet March Page

Tenor
Mark Alburger

Guitar
Kenneth Del Valle-Ruiz   

Piano
Mark Alburger
Hussein Al-Naswari
Megan Cullen

Percussion
Hussein Al-Naswari
Ken Crawford

Violin I
Corey Johnson
Kristin Kline*

Violin II
Carole Cloud*

Viola
Kat Walsh*

Cello
Maddy Stone
Aaron Urton*

Bass
Kenneth Del Valle-Ruiz

* The Opus Project String Quartet


THE OPUS PROJECT presents

OPUS 53: Essential Existential - 8pm, Saturday, May 27, 2017, Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA

With the Opus Project Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)        Piano Sonata No. 21 ("Waldstein"), Op. 53
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)            Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 (1869)
Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931)            The Stranger, Op. 53 (1901)
Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914)            Bagatelle for Piano, Op. 53 (1903)
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)            Four-Part Song, Op. 53 (1907)
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935)             Ole from the North Country, Op. 53 (1915)
Anton Arensky (1861-1906)            Piano Piece, Op. 53 (1901)
Henri Pierné (1863-1937)             Concert Prelude on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 53 (1933)
Alexander Gretchaninoff (1864-1956)            Mazurka, Op. 53 (1911)
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)            Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53 (1903)
Robert Kahn (1865-1952)            Sturmlied, Op.53 (1910)
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)            Piano Music for Young and Old, Op. 53 (1930)
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)            Pan and Echo, Op. 53 (1906)
Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)            Tanzwalz, Op. 53 (1920    
Charles Koechlin (1867-1950)            Viola Sonata, Op. 53 (1915)
Albert Roussel (1869-1937)            Symphony No. 4, Op. 53 (1934)
Florent Schmitt (1870-1958)            Rhapsody, Op. 53 (1904)
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)            Fantasy Piece from Second Suite, Op. 53 (1926)
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)            Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53 (1907)
Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)            Menuet-Scherzo, Op. 53, No. 2 (1917)
Max Reger (1873-1916)            Piano Silhouette, Op. 53 (1900)
Alexander Gedike (1877-1957)             Piano Prelude, Op. 53 (1938)
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)            Moods and Reflections, Op. 53 (1905)
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)            Stabat Mater (1926)
Josef Matthais Hauer (1883-1959)         Cantata Wandlungen, Op. 53 (1927)
Ernst Toch (1887-1965)            The Water, Op. 53 (1930)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)             Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 53 (1931)
Alois Hába (1893-1973)            Poetry of Life, Op. 53 (1943)
John Cage (1912-1992)            The Perilous Night: VI (1944)
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)            Gloriana, Op. 53 (1953)
Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)            Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 53 (1981)
Giselher Klebe (1925-2009)            Piano Quintet ("Quasi una Fantasia"), Op. 53 (1967)
George Crumb (b. 1929)            Mundus Canis (A Dog's World) (1998)
Henryk Górecki (1933-2010)            Lerchenmusik (Lark Music), Op. 53 (1986)
Philip Glass (b. 1937)                Prelude to "Endgame" (1984)
Nikolai Kapustin (b. 1937)            Prelude, Op. 53 (1988)
Mark Alburger (b. 1957)            Mice Suite No. 2, Op. 53 (1996)


***




A tremendous concert, with gifts and


reception


thereafter +


late night


out with


Carole, Paul, and Harriet,


on the 21st day of summer, high 70


(69 in Pleasant Hill)...