Sunday morning score prep and David Byrne

Today after church I have a rehearsal with instrumentalists who are going to play the next Sunday. I was experiencing some uneasiness about the accuracy of their parts on the anthem by Byrd which I copied by hand into a Finale file. So, this morning I carefully went over my finale score comparing it to the one I had worked from. No mistakes. It’s so easy for a little inaccuracy to slip in, so this kind of proof reading is important.


I then made a score for me with missing instrument part (I called it cello 1) and the vocal part. That way I can reinforce the singers in the performance as well as provide the missing part. The original was scored for five viols.

I will have violin, flute, viola and cello to cover 4 of these parts.

I read another essay in the Hymnal 1982 Companion Volume One. This one was about the techniques Winifred Douglas used in his Gregorian chant adaptations.

Winifred Douglas, editor of the Hymnal 1940 of the Episcopal Church

I didn’t know that he consciously imitated the way anonymous medieval chant composers put together new chants. Very informative.

I also read a bit in David Byrne’s How Music Works.

I find his book delightful. Byrne has a wonderful blend of goofiness and elegance. As I read I hear the prose in his dry twangy voice that he uses in his movie “True Stories.”


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The Baffler is a new online source for me. It’s a mag but does put some articles online.

“We have become a society that can’t self-correct, that can’t address its obvious problems, that can’t pull out of its nosedive. And so to our list of disasters let us add this fourth entry: we have entered an age of folly that—for all our Facebooking and the twittling tweedle-dee-tweets of the twitterati—we can’t wake up from.”


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The Politics of Fear by Mark Danner | The New York Review of Books

Silence in the election about the Middle East Peace process.


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This goofy articles keep sucking me in.


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The filter site that pointed me to this (Arts and Letters Daily: said this article talks about how Disney has ruined the Fairy Tale.


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Chronicles the “This American Life” screw up of featuring a false report.

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