Today's trainwreck brought to you by the letters Heth, Teth
, and the number 5
.QOTDDW: "Basses, that's not the note that I gave you, or the right vowel. But other than that, it was lovely."DW: "If it's out of tune, it won't sound nice. If it's in tune...it won't sound nice, but it will sound better."
I can now say that I have, in fact, added value to the Tallis Scholars Summer School experience. I taught Jan Coxwell how to do The Hustle, and we taught it to everyone this morning at warm-up. Hilarity ensued, as you can well imagine. The heart-breaking thing about it, though, is the number of people there this week who weren't even born
when that came out. ::sigh::
The BIG THING! of the day, though, was the first public performance in FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS
of two pieces that Deb's colleague found recently (like, in the last week, I think) languishing in a manuscript in Italy. That, in itself, is pretty epic. The fact that the music was GLORIOUS just made it that much better. Pretty heady stuff! I am ever so grateful that I have a little recording doobus for my iPod... :)
Tonight was also the Sharing concert. We've been working dilligently on pieces for yesterday's Mass and Friday's concert, but we've also taken time to put together small groups to work on whatever we
wanted to sing, and then we perform it, informally, for the course. Lots of lovely stuff, there, too, including several pieces by Palestrina (my hero!) and a sublime 14th C. canon from Montserrat. Very fun!
Compline, tonight, was cantored by...me! And I did pretty well! It wasn't NEARLY as nerve-wracking as last year, when I was doing it for the first time, and it seemed to be very well received. (Deb paid me such high praise that I floated like a squealy fan-girl all the way home...where I got to clean up cat gak, so humility was sufficiently restored pretty much immediately. At least it was on the lino in the kitchen. Feh.) It's such a great part of the week, Compline. Hugh's reading tonight - more like a homily, really - was incredibly thoughtful. He doesn't seem to be much of a talker, but he is clearly paying very close attention and gave voice to how, I think, a great many of us feel about the program. I hope he makes it available to us.
No pub for me, tonight. I needed to round up some things for tomorrow's closing night party (is it already that time? ::sigh::), and pay a little attention to Barfy McGakkerson so she doesn't feel quite so neglected.
Also: the rumor has been verified. Next year at Oakham, Spem in Alium
is on the docket. Wheee!!!