Got the wireles working late last night. Yesterday seemed to be a day of low energy for me. I was kind of grumpy and melancoly all day.
After Eileen left for work, I went over to church to pick out music for the weekend. I had hoped my bud, Jordan, would perform his Bach sonata at church this week but it was not to be. I chose a very abstract piece by William Albright called “Nocturne” for the prelude. I found it in a later edition of the Gleason organ textbook.
I notice that this U of M composer did not notate this piece very well. The hands tremolo through out creating a “marimba” like effect (the composer’s words). Though they are written with half notes their value is arbitray and follows placement over a strictly written pedal part. Very confusing. But once you figure it out it can be done. It just could have been a bit more player friendly.
For the postlude, I’m using a piece by a friend of mine, Bobby Hobby. It’s based on the melody of the closing hymn, “Joyful, joyful.” I actually looked Emma Lou Diemer’s setting but decided to do Bob’s instead. Diemer was all grumpy about an entry in a previous blog and I admit I might have had a bit of a bad taste in my mouth when I looked at her piece. Anyway, I know the Hobby and it’s a very pleasant end to a church service in my opinion.
The next week I am planning to play one of the Schubler chorales, “Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten” BWV 647 of Bach. I always hear this melody as “If thou but suffer God to guide thee,” since I have conducted several choral settings of it with that translation and it is translation of the hymn we will be singing that Sunday.
For the postlude I am seriously considering (and have been rehearsing) a loud section from Hindemith’s first organ sonata.
I received two packages in the mail yesterday. One from Comcast to set up the wireless. The setup was needlessly confusing. I didn’t have time to mess with it before the choir party. So Eileen and I came home and tried to get it working. I was exhausted from my day and had had a few glasses of wine at the party so I wasn’t at my sharpest (ahem).
Eileen began installing the new router and I helped. Eventually she got stumped and went to bed. The difficulty was the encryption stuff.
After she went to bed I turned off the encryption and the wireless worked fine. This is not the best set up but it will do until I decide to up the security.
The second package I received in the mail was the kit to refurbish the jacks on my old harpsichord. I haven’t opened the box yet but look forward to messing with it.
My second meeting with the priest and the children’s choir director was enlightening to me. I am beginning to understand this situation better. It is fraught with overtones from the local college but I did learn a lot more about the point of view of the children’s choir director and am hopeful we can work out some structure and collaboration this fall.
It was emotionally exhausting for me, however.