||[Aug. 30th, 2009|12:58 pm]
|||||Requiem - Hector Berlioz||]|
Greetings Friends! It's been quite a while since I've updated here (since before summer).
Mr. Waller came out for a weekend at the end of June just a few weeks before I made a 13 day trip to Minneapolis and Chicago. Dan and I managed to see quite a bit for only a few days but had a great time in San Francisco (on the warmest day of the year) and driving down to Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay. Stayed a few nights with The Welters, having the chance to visit chemistry folks during the day and hanging out with Jason, Amanda and, of course, Dan in the evenings. The folks picked me up and we drove down to Chicago. Ben (Cramer Alum) spent a few days out here at the beginning of August, right before his teaching duties started.
Athletics wise, this summer has been greatly productive. Ever since I passed my second year exam (March), I started lifting and running regularly again. A church friend ignited, for me, a love for rock climbing back in June and I've been going a few times a week to our Walls on campus and a larger gym in the area. The climbing has mostly substituted running, but I manage a 5-6 mile run on weekends (which are mostly struggles because I don't do much cardio). Since climbing has become my athletic focus, I also lift more regularly but still need to find a spotter to actually get better - something is better than nothing. Must be working since I just weighed in above 150 for the first time, ever.
Music wise this summer has been also very productive. The highlights being a few Sundays ago where I accompanied a soloist friend of mine for the "Pie Jesu" from Fauré's Requiem and then we sang Frank's "Panis Angelicus" for Soprano and Baritone. Piano wise, it's been mostly a Mozart summer. I've been working on two of his Sonata's and The 24th Piano Concerto. They're not showy pieces, but I'm trying to improve my musical phrasing and vocalization. Since coming to Stanford, I've really been working in a grounds-up approach to music to establish a more professional approach to music (as inspired by a number a folks at the Church I currently attend).
My writing reached a climax in May when I performed a new piano piece of mine written for the occasion of our Choir Director's final sunday and concert with us. I was rather nervous about playing in front of a congregation of high musical professionalism (a number of congregants are professional directors and soloists) but it was warmly welcomed and highly thought of - better than any highly acclaimed New York Times review. Most of my recent musical sketches are for ensembles and voice. I started working on the beginnings of a Mass in A major for SATB chorus with woods and horns and recently started working on ideas for a concerto for piano. These sorts of works take a lot more effort since I mostly shortcut the hard work by memorizing my piano music, but development of a composition style in piano is different for ensemble or choir. Choosing libretti also is a challenge since I don't know much about literature. I find chemistry to be a terrible subject to set to music :).
Anyways, I hope this works. I'm teaching in the fall and continuing to work towards 2013. Hope all is well.