March 12 - The Hidden Swath





for the Diablo Valley

College Theoreticians, and we do get around to the Dictation / Keyboard-Solfege / Board Harmony: the first four bars of Scott Joplin's The Entertainer.  Before this a bit of Bela Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 1: I and Igor Stravinsky's Firebird: Infernal Dance of Prince Kaschai.  After, officially finish up Round 2 of imaginative Student Compositions,

then break for extended paper-grading, at BJ's and the library,

re-discovering the spectacular views

east and south,

on an


afternoon (now the eighth of summer, and the highest yet of the year, at 75 on the home front and abroad [!]).

Evening class proceeds from Wagner to Joplin, fast forwarding to 20th-Century Music I.

C Whole-Tone Scale

C D E F# G# A# C

C Chords

Caug  / C  / Cm / Cdim

G#  /  G   /  G   /   Gb
E        E      Eb      Eb
C        C      C        C

Three Periods after Baroque and Before Present (and Dates)
Classical (1750-1825)
Romantic (1825-1900)
20th-Century (1900-2000)

Igor Stravinsky - Dates, Three Periods (and Typical Music Produced)
Russian (Ballets)
Neoclassic (Ballets, Concertos, Operas, Symphonies)
Serial (Ballets, Memorial Pieces)

[8872] Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 4: I
[8874] Arnold Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire: I. Moondrunk
[8874] Charles Ives - Symphony No. 4: I
[8881] Bela Bartok - Piano Concerto No. 1: I
[8882] Igor Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring: Dances of the Adolescents
[8883] Anton Webern - Cantata No. 1: I


Thereafter, with Doug back the bistro for coffee (Owen is called home soon after arrival), then late-night  composition of page 3 The Decameron - Third Day: X. Rustico Teaches Alibech How to Put the Devil in Hell.