September 30 - They Call It Stormy

Barely the

189th day of summer,

the sun finally coming out late afternoon for a high of 75,

but before this,

Week 7 with the Theoreticians, J.S. Bach Cantata 140 ("Wachet Auf"): VII. Chorale, first phrase for dictation and board harmony, including inversions, Bb and Eb Major, and Minor Scales C Melodic, B, and F# Natural and Harmonic, plus performance of Mark Alburger's Psalm 92, second movement.

Tutorials and general lingerings with students in Owen's office and classroom,

partly in preparation for substitute teaching on Chorales in Theory II.

Finally mail out taxes to the various authorities, as well as parts to Double Piano Concerto ("Fellow Travellers") for upcoming San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra,
















to compose page 41 of At a Medical Deposition and Psalm 102,

alongside of eyebrow-raising and



September 29 - Flights of Fancy

Videos with Harriet, including Earthflight South America and



taboos (courtesy of a definitely restyled National Geographic), in conjunction with page 40 composition of At a Medical Deposition and Psalm 102 (on the 188th day of summer, high 77).

Late-night pilgrimage to a

distictly under-populated-at-the-beginning-of-their-semester UC Davis Libary to connect with Kurt Weill's medievally-based Frauentanz and Benjamin Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, both Opus 10's --

returning, rather efficiently, just a bit later.

September 28 - The Opus Project presents Opus 9


Opus 9

8pm, Saturday, September 28, 2013
Diablo Valley College Music Building
Pleasant Hill, CA

Op. 9, No. 1

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)  
Prelude and Nocturne for the Left-Hand, Op. 9 (1894)
     I. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor
     II. Nocturne in D-Flat Major 

     Lo Chau, Piano

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E Major, Op. 9 (1906)
     The Opus Project Orchestra

Bela Bartok (1881-1945) 
Four Dirges, Op. 9 (1910)
     I.  Adagio

     Mark Alburger, Piano

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) 
Two Poems of Paul Verlaine, Op. 9 (1910)
     I.  Un Grand Sommeil Noir (A Great, Black Sleep)

     Megan Cullen, Soprano
     The Opus Project Orchestra

Anton Webern (1883-1945) 
Six Bagatelles, Op. 9 (1913)
     I.  Massig (Moderato)
     The Opus Project Quartet

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) 
Two Poems, Op. 9 (1911)
     I.  Jest' Drugije Planety (There Are Other Planets) 
     (Konstantin Bal'mont) (Verse 1)

     Megan Cullen, Soprano
     The Opus Project Orchestra

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) 
Three Songs for Voice and Orchestra, Op. 9 (1917)
     I.  Meine Nachte Sind Heiser Zerschrien 
     (My Throat Is Hoarse from Screaming)
     (Ernst Wilhelm Lotz) (Vocal Introduction)

     Megan Cullen, Soprano
     The Opus Project Orchestra

Kurt Weill (1900-1950) 
Quodlibet, Op. 9 (1923)
     I. Andante non troppo (Introduction)

     The Opus Project Orchestra

Opus 9, No. 2

Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 9 (1928)
     III.  Vivace marcato (Introduction)


Samuel Barber (1910-1981) 
Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9 (1936)

     The Opus Project Orchestra

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) 
Piano Quintet, Op. 9 (1926)
     I.  Andante

     The Opus Project Piano Quintet

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Soirees Musicales, Op. 9 (1936)
     I.  March

     The Opus Project Orchestra

John Lennon (1940-1980) 
Revolution 9 (1968)

     The Opus Project Orchestra

Mark Alburger (b. 1957) 
Psalm 92, Op. 9 (1977)

     Megan Cullen, Soprano
     The Opus Project Orchestra

Michael Stubblefield (b. 1989)
Distant Worlds (2009)

     Alan Kingsley, Flute
     Peter Brown, Clarinet
     Michael Stubblefield, Guitar

Austin Graham (b. 1992) 
Mild Insanity (2013)
     The Opus Project End-Of-Time Quartet


OPUS 10 - 8pm, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Community Music Center, 544 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA

A Multi-Media Event, with Sarita Cannon, and The Opus Project Quartet and Orchestra 

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)  String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10, No. 3 (1908) 
Bela Bartok (1881-1945)   Image, Op. 10, No. 2 (1910)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)   Petrushka: Russian Dance (1911)
Anton Webern (1883-1945)   Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10 (1913) 
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)   Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 10: Introduction (1912)
Darius Milhaud (1892-1975)   Poem of Lucile de Chateaubriand, Op. 10, No. 1 (1913)
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)   String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 10, No. 1 (1918)
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)  Symphony No. 1, Op. 10, No. 2: Trio (1925)
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)   James Joyce Song, Op. 10, No. 1 (1936)
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)  Variation on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10, No. 1 (1937)
Mark Alburger (b. 1957)   Nocturnes for Insomniacs, Op. 10, No. 1, (1978)


Mark Alburger    
Music Director and Conductor 

Alan Kingsley

Eva Langfeldt

Peter Brown*

Nat Echols
Lori Garvey
Michael Garvey

David Graber
Anthony Ragus

Zack Newbegin

Megan Cullen 

Mark Alburger

Michael Stubblefield

Mark Alburger*
Lo Chau

Ken Crawford

Violin I
Jaehee Kim*

Violin II
Rozalia Valentine*

Carol Earley*

Austin Graham*

Michael Stubblefield

*The Opus Project 
End-of-Time and 
String Quartets, and 
Piano Quintet

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) 
Two Poems of Paul Verlaine, Op. 9, No. 1 (1910)
     I. Un Grand Sommeil Noir (A Great Black Sleep)

Un grand sommeil noir 
Tombe sur ma vie: 
Dormez, tout espoir, 
Dormez, toute envie! 
Je ne vois plus rien, 
Je perds la memoire 
Eu mal et du bien... 
O la triste histoire!
Je suis un berceau 
Qu' une main balance 
Au creux d'un caveau.... 
Silence, silence. 

A great black sleep
Falls on my life:
Sleep, all hope,
Sleep, all desire!
I am not able to see,
I have lost my memory,
Of bad and good...
O sad story!
I am a cradle
Balanced by hand
In the hollowness of a cave...
Silence, silence.

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) 
Two Poems, Op. 9 (1911)
     I. Jest' Drugije Planety (There Are Other Planets)
     (Konstantin Dmitrevich Bal'mont) (Verse 1)

Jest' drugije planety, 
 gde vetry pevuchije tishe,
Gde nebo bledneje, 
 travy ton'she i vyshe,
Gde preryvisto l'jutsja 
 peremennyje svety,
No svojej peremenoj tol'ko laskajut, smejutsja.

There are other planets, 
 where the skies are clear and calm 
Mimosa blossoms are softer, 
 sweet grasses grow higher. 
The clarity that plays there, 
 it is less changable than here, 
We cherish it always and can always smile.

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) 
Three Songs, Op. 9 (1917)
     I. Meine Nachte sind heiser zerschrien 
     (My Throat Is Hoarse from Screaming)
     (Ernst Wilhelm Lotz) (Vocal Introduction)

Meine Nachte sind heiser zerschrieen. 
Eine Wunde, die riss. 
Ein Zum Fenster flakkerte ein Schrei herein 
Voll Sommer, Laub und Herz.

My throat is hoarse from screaming,
A wound, a tear.
From a window flickered a cry in here --
Full summer, leaves and heart.

Mark Alburger (b. 1957) 
Psalm 92, Op. 9 (1977)

O Lord, how great are thy works, and thy thoughts are very deep.
A brutish man knows not, neither do fools understand.
When the wicked spring as the grass, and thrive the workers of iniquity --
It is that thy shall be destroyed forever.

Oh Thou Lord are most high, forever evermore,
For lo, thine enemies shall perish evermore,
And all the workers of iniquity shall perish.

Exalts my soul like a unicorn, I am anointed with fresh oil.
Mine eyes have seen the downfull of my enemies.
Mine ears have heard the doom of my assailants.


Many congratulations thereafter re amazing compositions and performances, then cleanup and out afterwards with

Paul Mooney and


Before this,

composition of page 39 for At a Medical Deposition and Psalm 102 (on the 187th day of summer, high 84),

out in a







680 and

Contra Costa, for program reproduction, and onward to an excellent evening.