News of the week of February 2, 2016

[cricket]

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We continue to meet on Tuesdays at 7:45 pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

There will be no meeting on March 1.

We don't really have critical mass for a dropin group any more, so please let me know if you're planning to come on Tuesday by Monday night.

News of the week of January 26, 2016

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We meet on Tuesdays at 7:45pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

March 1 will be an exception; there will probably not be a meeting then.

News of the week of January 19, 2016

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We continue to meet on Tuesdays at 7:45pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

March 1 may be an exception as a couple of regulars have other commitments that day.

A good dog that didn’t make the exhibition

[ice skating]

I was at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts exhibition about Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer. I wasn't really using my Prado algorithm for seeing too much art, where I look carefully only at the pictures with dogs in them. But I couldn't help noticing the dogs. There weren't many in the formal portraits, but the family pictures and landscapes mostly did have dogs.

There was an album of watercolors, which was of course open only to whatever page the curator had picked, but it had a sign that you could see more on the website. So when I looked, my favorite dog was the one above.

News of the week of January 12, 2016

[duet]

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We continue to meet on Tuesdays at 7:45pm, at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

Why and how to transcribe Renaissance music

[Petrucci, Odhecaton]

This article by Luigi Lera about how to transcribe early polyphonic music makes a lot of very good points. Some of them are from a (to me) odd point of view, for instance:

Our amateur choristers often do not shy away even from the St Gallen neumes of Gregorian chants or the obscurity of some twentieth-century writing. Is Renaissance notation really so different from ours as to justify transliteration into another system?

I don't know those amateur choristers who read neumes or obscure twentieth-century writing. And my impression is that the motivation for putting barlines in where the composer didn't is different from what Mr. Lera states when he says:

In polyphonic arrangements, you often find a sort of subtle premise where the editor has distanced himself from the measures that he himself has used, trying to push all the responsibility for any poor outcome onto the singers; it clearly states that the bars had been added only to aid the singers and that it really must not influence the rhythm of the piece. Aiding the singers: could this be a good justification in support of all the transcriptions into bars?

I don't think editors add bars to directly aid the singers -- they add them so that conductors can aid the singers.

But a lot of what he says is exactly why I do what I do on the Serpent Publications site, so I recommend you read it if you're at all interested in the subject.

Who won the Civil War?

[Birth of a Nation]

Here's an article that puts the current state of US politics in the context of the last 150 years. I have run into most of the points he makes, but I think it's a brilliant piece of writing putting them all together.

News of the week of January 5, 2016

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We continue to meet on Tuesdays at 7:45pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

December 29’th meeting cancelled

[Renaissance Band]

There is not a quorum from the people who come regularly, so I'm cancelling the meeting for Tuesday, December 29.

If I were to get an outcry from people who don't come regularly, who would find it easier to come this week, I can uncancel it. But otherwise, I'll see you all at the party on Friday.

News of the week of December 22, 2015

[Andrea Previtali, c. 1515-1520]

Meeting Report

We played:

Schedule

We continue to meet on Tuesdays at 7:45pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge. As long as there's a quorum, this will include December 29.

Remember to invite all your friends to the party at 4pm on January 1, and to let me know whether you're coming and what you'd like to bring.