Author Topic: Henning's Headquarters  (Read 441586 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline BachQ

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 5798
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #200 on: October 30, 2007, 02:49:06 PM »
Tapestry will perform Castelo dos Anjos as part of their "In the Company of Angels" program at 7:30pm, December 1st at Denver's Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

Where is the Newman Center for the Performing Arts in relation to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church (1280 Vine)?

karlhenning

  • Guest
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #201 on: October 30, 2007, 02:54:04 PM »
For that information, we must apply to our esteemed jochanaan or Bill.

Offline Cato

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 7976
  • An American Hero!
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #202 on: October 31, 2007, 03:33:25 AM »


Also, the choir may possibly read my unaccompanied setting of the Advent Responsory I Look from Afar at tomorrow night's choir rehearsal.  When I talked with Ed this Sunday past, I sounded him out delicately, and he seems actually to want to put it on;  so I asked if he would mind just having a read of it tomorrow, so it will have been under everyone's eyes at an early stage.

(My emphasis above)

 8)   I have known far too many such musicians!   :o   Especially connected to churches!   0:)

I hope he turns out to be reliable!  Otherwise, call the Music Police for fraud!   $:)

COWBOY (sitting down to a poker game for the first time): "Is this a game of chance?!"

- W. C. FIELDS  (as Cuthbert Twillie): "Uhh, not the way I play it, no." in  My Little Chickadee.

karlhenning

  • Guest
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #203 on: October 31, 2007, 04:04:45 AM »
This is Ed's second year at St Paul's, Cato, and he is still somewhat 'out of his element' with such a choir, in such repertory.  Part of his ‘scheduling-chaos’ and base-level-frazzle issues are a matter of his not having a grasp of (a) his own learning-curve with some of the pieces he schedules, but plans to learn on the fly, (b) what the choir is capable of, and (c) what he needs to do to guide the choir into a state of finished preparation.  An apt (though perforce overemphasised) analogy that one chorister proposed is:  when you hire a blindman as a traffic cop, it isn’t the blindman’s fault that he underperforms at the job.

Now, since the Dean (there is no point in saying “the Cathedral,” it was all the Dean’s decision, and all the apprearances of communal input were just that: appearances) turned me down for the job of choir director, it just is not my part on a volunteer to train Ed to the job I know much better how to do.  But also, since Ed seems genuinely to like my work, he deserves some support from my quarter (and again, my ‘quarrel’ is with the Dean, not with Ed).  I am walking a peculiar balance of being as helpful as I believe is right, in an odd tangle of circumstances.  By and large, I don’t mind.

Tying in with your thread on the challenges of being a composer:  if my own situation is imperfect, nonetheless I have a sense of gratitude for much positive reinforcement that even my imperfect situation yields me, for I know there are many composers who get less blood from their respective stones.  In a broad sense, I wonder if your own situation is not a little like Schoenberg’s, Cato, in that what your musical impulses drive you to create finds no resonance (and some hostility) in your environment.

In comparison to Schoenberg, Stravinsky’s situation seems perfect (premieres in Paris, a composer in Dyagilev’s ‘stable’);  yet the lesson from reading Stephen Walsh’s excellent account of Stravinsky’s career, is that even in that celebrated hey-day, Stravinsky’s situation had its share of imperfections.  Even the greatest of us, it seems, doesn’t really have it ‘made in the shade’ to the degree that it may appear to our removed optics.

Offline Cato

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 7976
  • An American Hero!
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #204 on: October 31, 2007, 05:54:34 AM »
Yes, a delicate situation, when the person whose help you need is not on the same level of competence!

It sounds like most of the school administrators I have dealt with in my career, where the general rule is that they are mainly failed teachers who could not pass the grocery-bagging test down at Kroger's!

And at least gaining renown in Boston is a start for greater things!   0:)  Let's hope Denver will be added soon!
« Last Edit: October 31, 2007, 05:56:13 AM by Cato »
COWBOY (sitting down to a poker game for the first time): "Is this a game of chance?!"

- W. C. FIELDS  (as Cuthbert Twillie): "Uhh, not the way I play it, no." in  My Little Chickadee.

karlhenning

  • Guest
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #205 on: November 05, 2007, 12:24:03 PM »
And this week, the question is: Will Nuhro, or will it not?

karlhenning

  • Guest
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #206 on: November 08, 2007, 10:46:57 AM »
It seems that Nuhro will.

karlhenning

  • Guest
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #207 on: November 08, 2007, 12:56:14 PM »
Why compose? Well, sometimes, your fellow musicians might like what you write.

The President of the New England chapter of the American Composers Forum just called to say that the chamber ensemble Brave New Works has accepted my quartet (fl/cl/hp/pf) Radiant Maples for their reading on the 15th.

greg

  • Guest
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #208 on: November 08, 2007, 02:50:06 PM »
that's cool, how'd you get that arranged?

locrian

  • Guest
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #209 on: November 08, 2007, 02:52:04 PM »
Why compose? Well, sometimes, your fellow musicians might like what you write.

The President of the New England chapter of the American Composers Forum just called to say that the chamber ensemble Brave New Works has accepted my quartet (fl/cl/hp/pf) Radiant Maples for their reading on the 15th.

Congratulations!

Offline Cato

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 7976
  • An American Hero!
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #210 on: November 08, 2007, 04:57:12 PM »
Yay Team!

When the band breaks,
The crescendo will rock!
COWBOY (sitting down to a poker game for the first time): "Is this a game of chance?!"

- W. C. FIELDS  (as Cuthbert Twillie): "Uhh, not the way I play it, no." in  My Little Chickadee.

Offline BachQ

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 5798
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #211 on: November 08, 2007, 08:48:37 PM »
that's cool, how'd you get that arranged?

His agent hired an arranger .........

karlhenning

  • Guest
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #212 on: November 09, 2007, 05:22:03 AM »
that's cool, how'd you get that arranged?

I submitted a blind score, and other people did the rest.

(a) There was a call for scores(b) I saw right away that Radiant Maples, a piece for whose premiere I have always been keen to find some occasion, fit within the instrumentation;  (c) I sent the score;  (d) they liked it.

(a) and (d) were dumb-luck breaks which happened to fall my way;  (b) and (c) were readiness on my part.

Offline BachQ

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 5798
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #213 on: November 09, 2007, 07:39:02 AM »
I submitted a blind score, and other people did the rest.

(a) There was a call for scores(b) I saw right away that Radiant Maples, a piece for whose premiere I have always been keen to find some occasion, fit within the instrumentation;  (c) I sent the score;  (d) they liked it.

(a) and (d) were dumb-luck breaks which happened to fall my way;  (b) and (c) were readiness on my part.

(e) they notified you of their fondness for and acceptance of the score .........

karlhenning

  • Guest
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #214 on: November 09, 2007, 07:51:32 AM »
(f) Now I've got to think details for the harp pedaling, and page-turns for the harpist . . . .

karlhenning

  • Guest
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #215 on: November 09, 2007, 11:55:23 AM »
This week's Cathedral newsletter includes the following advisory (not composed by, erm, the composer, nota bene):

Quote
Karl Henning’s Nuhro (Hymn of Light) will open the 10 am service early. Come ten minutes before the hour to enjoy this sacred offering. Listen, reflect—hear the glory!

karlhenning

  • Guest
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #216 on: November 10, 2007, 10:03:02 AM »
All right, now to extract and spiff up some parts . . . .

Offline BachQ

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 5798
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #217 on: November 10, 2007, 10:06:23 AM »
All right, now to extract and spiff up some parts . . . .

(g) Extracting and spiffing up ........

karlhenning

  • Guest
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #218 on: November 11, 2007, 01:22:36 PM »
Nuhro went very well indeed this morning;  the choir did me proud.

The bad news is, Ed did not restore the mics in the loft;  so my strong suspicion is that the document will not meet QC standards.

Offline Bogey

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 13489
  • Location: Colorado
Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #219 on: November 11, 2007, 04:20:06 PM »
Tapestry will perform Castelo dos Anjos as part of their "In the Company of Angels" program at 7:30pm, December 1st at Denver's Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

Just caught this Karl....I will see if I can make it.
There will never be another era like the Golden Age of Hollywood.  We didn't know how to blow up buildings then so we had no choice but to tell great stories with great characters.-Ben Mankiewicz