feeling overwhelmed, parry, Saint-Saëns


I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by the chaos both at home and at work.

Yesterday I spent several hours organizing the contents of the choir room which had been removed from the old room so that it could be renovated. This removal was done the week after Pentecost by enthusiasts from church (without me). I have to organize  the multiple contents of the room now in the basement as well as file all the choral music from last season. The contents from the choir room are not only music related but also the acolyte stuff, random educational materials and other things. I don’t really have to file that stuff, but I do have to work around it.

Before going on vacation, my boss and I agreed I would empty the six file cabinets of their contents of anthems and music so that they could be taken away. I have cleared out three of them. I did this after pushing stuff around in the room to sort of organize the basic chaos first. I carefully put the contents into cardboard boxes and marked them. I have run out of boxes but they are on order.

I also decided that I won’t be able to perform the piece by Parry I have been working on.

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It’s 10 pages long. Several of the pages are full of lots of fast notes. I can play it, but not at any kind of a performance speed. This meant I needed  a postlude for this Sunday right away. I stumbled onto a piece I think I can learn in time by Saint-Saëns.


It’s from his Op. 109. It’s the prelude of a prelude and fugue. If I can master a couple of the sections, I will be able to perform it. I have to admire the skill of both Parry and  Saint-Saëns. Both compositions are well worked out. The difficult section in Saint-Saëns occurs three times in different keys and with slight variations.

saintsaens.op109.3.02I find the first instance of this passage to be the most difficult even though it’s in C major. I have marked the pedaling in my score and practiced this section one billion times yesterday.


When it occurs the second time in A major, I find it the easiest.


In its final Eb major incarnation, I find it somewhere between the previous two in difficulty. At any rate, I am planning to work on it today and decide if it will be ready by Sunday. If not, I’ll find an easy substitution for it.

Besides the chaos at home and work, I am also slightly depressed that I haven’t been paid for the wedding on Saturday. I could use the money but it doesn’t bode well that my boss is out of town. She told me Saturday that the groom said they forgot the checks. I don’t have the chutzpah to bug the bride and groom just yet. Maybe I will next week.


Chris got a lot done yesterday including hanging the two new doors.


Onward. Upward.

3 thoughts on “feeling overwhelmed, parry, Saint-Saëns

  1. Couldn’t you work it out with Jen and the treasurer just to have the parish pay you for extra services like weddings and funerals and then let them handle tracking down the money?

    It seems like part of the reason clergy are so bad at looking out for musicians in these type things is that they are usually not getting paid for them and thus don’t think of the money so quickly. I don’t get paid for weddings (the couple is encouraged to make a donation to the Discretionary Fund but I receive nothing). So I don’t always think about $$$ at the rehearsal or the wedding. And whenever people mention money, I always send them to the administrator.

    If this was handled by the treasurer and administrator that would seem like a good solution. You would just fill out a check request andhave Jen sign off on it. And it could then be part of your W2 (or 1099) and you wouldn’t have to track it separately. Of course, that means getting them to agree to do it.


  2. Good tip from uncle Mark. Just thought i would provide a couple of links to some articles that i am indirectly involved with. My boss is more directly involved. Just want to preface the articles by stating…”IT’S NOT MY FAULT!!!!!!!” =^o




  3. Excellent ideas, Mark. However we do not have an official administrator. The bookkeeper is part-time and check requests usually are not that fast (sometimes but often not…. this depends upon the treasurer coming to sign them), But maybe Jen and I could work something out along these lines. I’ll certainly bring it up to her.

    David, thanks for the links. I have them opened in a window to read later.

    And thanks to both of you for reading my blog!

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