August 31 - On the Path


imformative videos with

Harriet and Megan, while editing page 3Alma Maria Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel: 1888 Alma Maria Schindler, Op. 232, No. 10... 182nd day of summer, up 4 to 93 (73 days 90+ / 117 days 80+)...

And a second sheet of score-study for Sergei Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33: March and John Lennon's All You Need Is Love.... 

August 30 - Meeting of the Minds

Home all day with Harriet and Megan,

engaging videos, preparing audio / sheet music / videos for The Opus Project presents Opus 33: Valentines Out of Season, editing page2 Alma Maria Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel: 1888 Alma Maria Schindler, Op. 232, No. 10; 181st day of summer, three degrees up to a high 89 (116 days 80+)...

Ah, yes, also begin score-study of Sergei Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33: March and John Lennon's All You Need Is Love....

August 29 - The Opus Project presents Opus 32

Opus 32
8pm, Saturday, August 29, 2015
Diablo Valley College Music Building, Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA

Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915)   
     Four Poems [Romances] for Voice and Piano, Op. 32
          (1911, Yakov Polonsky, 1819–1898)
          I. In Times of Loss (orch. John Veitch, 2015)

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)   
     The Origin of Fire, Op. 32 (1902)
          Lento assai

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Albert Roussel (1869-1937)   
     Odes Anacreontiques, Op. 32 (1926, anon. Ancient Greek in the style of Anacreon,
          trans. Leconte de Lisle, 1818-1894)
          II. Ode XXXIV Sur une jeune fille

          Alan Kingsley, Flute / Feona Lee Jones, Piano

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
     Two Poems, Op. 32 (1903)
          II. Allegro Con eleganza Con fidueia

          Feona Lee Jones, Piano

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
     13 Piano Preludes, Op. 32 (1910)
           I / X

          Feona Lee Jones, Piano / John Veitch, Piano

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)   
     The Planets, Op 32 (1916)
          I. Mars, the Bringer of War

Charles Ives (1874-1954)   
     Symphony No. 2 (1902)
          V. Allegro molto vivace (finale)

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
     From Today to Tomorrow, Op. 32 (1928, Gertrud Bertha Schoenberg, 1893-1967)
          Very moderately

          Carol Reynolds, Soprano / Mark Alburger, Tenor
          The Opus Project Orchestra

Reinhold Gliere (1875-1956)   
     Two Pieces for Bass and Piano, Op. 32 (1909)
           I. Prelude

          Aaron Urton, Cello / Feona Lee Jones, Piano

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
     Three Songs to Words of Dmitri Davydov [1811-1888], Op. 32 (1915)
          I. Dawn

          Alan Kinglsey, Flute / Feona Lee Jones, Piano

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)   
     Four Pieces, Op. 32 (1918)   
          III. Gavotte (orch. John Veitch, 2015)

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)   
     String Quartet No. 5, Op. 32 (1923)

          The Opus Project String Sextet   

Paul Creston (1906-1985)   
     Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 32 (1942)


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
     Hamlet, Op. 32 (1932)
           II. Overture
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)   
     Vanessa, Op. 32 (1958, Gian Carlo Menotti, 1911-2007)
          Act I - Fiery

          The Opus Project Orchestra

John Cage (1912-1992)   
     Variations V (1968, Merce Cunningham Dance Company)


Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
     Festival Te Deum, Op. 32 (1945)
          Andante con moto

          The Opus Project Orchestra   

Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987)
     Variations for an Album, Op. 32 (1947)
          Theme / Variations I-II

Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)   
     Concerto for Duo Piano and Strings, Op. 32 (1951)
          I. Allegro


Gyorgy Kurtag (b. 1926)   
     Elutut Lebenslauf [Curriculum vitae] for Two Basset Horns and Two Pianos
          (Tuned 1/4-Tone Apart), Op. 32 (1992)

          The Opus Project Wind-Piano Quartet

George Crumb (b. 1929)   
     Lux Aeterna (1971)
          (REFRAIN) "Masked Dance for a Dead Prince" - Grave, somber
     Music for a Summer Evening (1974)
          V. Music of the Starry Night:  Five-Fold Galactic Bells
          Joyous, ecstatic; with a sense of cosmic time

          The Opus Project Orchesra

Robert Muczynski (1929-2010)
     Impromptus, Op. 32 (1972)
          IV. Moderato

                    The Opus Project Bass Clef Ensemble

Oliver Knussen (b. 1952)   
     Ophelia's Last Dance, Op. 32 (2010)

          Feona Lee Jones, Piano

Mark Alburger (b. 1957)   
     Crystal Series, Op. 32 (1987)
          I. Crystal Bells

          Alan Kingsley, Flute / Feona Lee Jones, Piano

Scott Sterling (b. 1970)   
     Lullaby for Peace (2011)

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Hussein Al-Naswari   
     The Big Apple Chorale (2015)
          Theme and Variation

          Hussein Al-Naswari, Piano


Mark Alburger                     
Music Director and Conductor

Michael Stubblefield                 
Associate Music Director

Piccolo / Flute
Alan Kingsley
Abigail Rolley

Peter Brown

Tenor Saxophone
Matthew Mayoff
Trevor Strohl

Tim Machajewski

Michael Cox

Bob Satterford

Scott Sterling

Aaron Wallace

Carol Reynolds

Mark Alburger

Corey Johnson

Michael Stubblefield

Mark Alburger
Hussein Al-Naswari
Feona Lee Jones
John Veitch

Hussein Al-Naswari
Ken Crawford
Carol Reynolds

Violin I
Corey Johnson

Violin II
Carol Earley

Kat Walsh

Young June Kim
Erina Lay
Aaron Urton

Michael Stubblefield


OPUS 33 - Love, Love, Love (Valentines Out of Season)
8pm, Saturday, September 26, 2015,
Diablo Valley College Music Building, Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA
A Multi-Media Event, with The Opus Project Orchestra

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)        Piece for Piano, Op. 33, No. 1 1928)
Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)        Elegy and Toccata, Op. 33 (1950)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)            The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33 (1919)   
Darius Milhaud (1892-1975)            Sonata No.1, Op.33 (1916)       
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)            Songs from Old Texts, Op. 33 (1923)   
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)        Counterplan, Op. 33 (1932)       
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)            Nocturne, Op. 33 (1959)    
Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)            Love Songs of Hafiz, Op. 33 (1936)
John Cage (1912-1992)        A Valentine Out of Season (1948)
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)        Peter Grimes, Op. 33 (1945)
John Lennon (1940-1980)            All You Need Is Love (1967)
Mark Alburger (b. 1957)            San Timoteo Can[yon]tata, Op. 33 (1988)

Tickets -- $10 - $20 -- available at the door.


After finishing printing, program, and videos for the performance -- bomb




to pick up Carol,


via donuts,

off to Cybercopy,

and, eventually, the fantastic show.

Out afterwards

locally, then home to begin editing Alma Maria Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel: 1888 Alma Maria Schindler, Op. 232, No. 10, on the 180th day of summer, high way down 16 to 86 (115 days 80+), with Pleasant Hill and Pinole respectively at 82 / 75....

August 28 - Prelude to the Evening of an Opus

Looking forward to The Opus Project presents Opus 32, (8pm, Saturday, August 29, 2015), and wonderful to meet again with the Fall 2015

Music Appreciation group, opening up the class to all late-ads who have decided to return for a second week.  As such, we will meet in M101 from this point on, dealing with all the aspects of Quiz 2, as below...

Bass Clef Notations of...

F Lydian
F    G  A    B  C   D  E  F
Do Re Mi Fi Sol La Ti Do

F Major
F    G   A  Bb C    D  E  F
Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do

Pattern of Whole Steps and Half Steps in Major Scales (Example C)
C   D   E   F   G   A   B   C
  W  W  H  W  W  W  H

Four Textures of Music
Monophonic - One Line of Music, Strictly Performed
Heterophonic - One Line of Music, Freely Performed
Polyphonic - More Than One Line of Music, Lines of Equal Importance
Homophonic - More Than One Line of Music, One Line is More Important

[3500] Iraq - The Passion of 1,001 Nights
[5570] Syria - Hurrian Hymn No. 6
[5659] Egypt - Trumpet of Tutankhamun (King Tut)
[5949] China - Entrance Hymn for the Emperor
[6970] Turkey (Asia Minor) (Ancient Greek Culture) - Epitaph of Seikilos
[7001] Indonesia (Bali) - Gamelan Gong Kebyar


After the morning commute and dynamic class above,

accompany cellist Young June Kim and company up campus to expedite last-day-to-add-without-a-petition registration in same,

pick up key from Doug (locking Sohrab in 104, which is OK with him),

print out music at Copyworld,




to edit,

over semi-engaging videos, finishing editing Alma Maria Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel: 1887 Prince Rudolf, Op. 232, No. 9 (4 pages total), on the 179th day of summer, high again 102 (20 / 72 / 114 days respectively at-or-beyond 100 / 90 / 80) -- again 99 in Pleasant Hill...

Oh yes, also post Opus 32 Event on Facebook, with related material...

August 27 - Write This Down

Fourth session with the Fall 2015 Music Theoreticians, Dictation on Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 ("Choral"): IV - "Ode to Joy" section (transposed from D to C), doubling as Keyboard-Solfege, and, eventually,

Board-Harmonized Medievally in Parallel Perfect Fifths (having cut to the chase with the Prime / Retrograde / Inversion / Retrograde-Inversion exercise, continuing imaginative Student Compositon 1's,

ending up with Quiz 2 (musical examples drawn from various Ancient Musics),

with keyboard tasks including F Lydian and Major,

and the singing / playing of Sol Bloom's Snake Charmer.

Before this,

the scenic, 





after, composition and

a ridiculous nomenclatural errand,

lunch with

Carol, paper-grading and Opus planning,

returning via DVC for

The Opus Project Presents Opus 32 (8pm, Saturday, August 29, Diablo Valley College Music, Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA) logistical matters (ably assisted by Associate Music Director Michael Stubblefield),



to continue editing page 2 Alma Maria Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel: 1887 Prince Rudolf, Op. 232, No. 9,

over measured video,

with Megan and Harriet, on the 178th day of summer, high up two to a flaming 102 (tying June 25-26, July 1, 4) -- 19 / 71 / 113 days 100 / 90 / 80+ -- Pleasant Hill / Pinole: 99, 81...