Performing at the Cambridge Public Library

The BRS is going to
have a Play the Recorder Month event at the Cambridge Public Library
on Saturday, April 2, 2005, from 2-4 PM.

We’ll be getting a number of groups to play for 10-15 minutes each,
have a table with literature and information about how to get involved
in playing the recorder, and refreshments at the break and after the
concert.

I think it would be a good chance for our group to try out some of
the May stuff, but I understand that some people might not want to
spend a whole Saturday afternoon in Cambridge for 15 minutes of
playing.

So if you’re interested in playing, let me know.

February 2005 schedule and plans

I think if we keep to every other week, we won’t be conflicting
with Roaring Jelly for a while. So:

  • February 1
  • February 15
  • March 1

We only had three people at our last meeting. Given the weather,
it was really, “Wow, we had three people!” But we didn’t get to work
on the four-part music we were planning. So we’ll do “Ding, Dong!
Merrily on high” and “Tell me true Love, where shall I seeke thy
being” next time.

Report on the February 1, 2005 rehearsal

We did:

  • Campian, When Laura Smiles.
  • Ding Dong! Merrily on High, testing for inclusion in the 2005
    supplement to “Carols for Parties”
  • Dowland, “Tell me true Love”
  • Campian, Never Weather-beaten Saile

The next rehearsal will be February 15. Anne will be in Spain, and
Stuart may have to go back to Taiwan. Paul is still coming back and
forth from Chicago.

We will continue chugging through “A Pilgrim’s Solace”, but will
have to stop at some point to start work on the April and May
performances. People who haven’t been coming regularly who would like
to play or sing with us should start coming.

I’m thinking of doing just a drinking songs group, or possibly part
of the River group at the April performance, and the river group, the
drinking songs, and the May group for the Walk for Hunger.

We’ll have to start working on some of the less familiar stuff we
want to do for May. We’ll also have to start doing consistent and
systematic review of the more familiar ones, so I’ll have a better
organized playlist drawn from the setlist soon.

Three’s a crowd (January 21, 2005 rehearsal)

  1. Drinking songs
    • Quand je bois
    • Vignons, Vignons
    • Changeons propos
  2. Gardane (the collection from which the above three drinking songs
    are taken). We read through about 10, and found one real winner:
    “Grace et vertu, bonté, beaulté, noblesse” by Guillaume Le Heurteur.
  3. Morley, “Good Morrow, fair ladies of the May”

Fixed some problems with the Morley Canzonets for Three Voices

I got an email from someone pointing out that the links to the
source didn’t work. That turned out to be an easy fix — the links —
were of the form “http:music/morley/3v/filename.zip”. Removing the
http: caused them to work.

Unfortunately, I also looked at the pdf files on the web, and they had
some serious problems with the printing of the incipits.

I’m sure I will complain more later about lilypond’s gratuitous syntax
changing, but in any case, 2 hours later, I have pdf files that seem
to be much better.

This resulted in a conversion to lilypond 1.9.5 from 1.4. I don’t
actually approve of putting up odd-numbered versions of lilypond, but
convert-ly wouldn’t convert automatically to 2.0, and my Debian
unstable system won’t run 1.4. So this was a compromise.

Anyway, let me know if you see any more problems.

A List rehearsal, January 11, 2005

We did enough stuff that we wanted to remember doing that we decided I
would keep a log of A-list rehearsals, as well as the regular
rehearsals.

We started with a review of the French drinking songs at the back of
the book. “Changeons Propos” went so badly the first time that we
were surprised at how well the others went. “Vive la Serpe” is still
problematic. In my opinion, it’s because so many people are off the
beat so much of the time that it’s hard to count during the rests. It
got easier, but I think this one’s a real test of rhythmic precision.
Hence, one worth working on.

Anne had identified a Campian that might be a suitable part of a May
group. It was fun, but should probably be orchestrated with at least
some of the four verses sung by a soloist.

We finished with a bunch of Dowlands.

  • Go, crystall teares,
  • Weep you no more sad fountains
  • Me, me and none but me
  • The retirement party group, both “His golden locks time hath to
    silver turned” from the first group, and the three part one starting
    with “Time’s Eldest Son” from the Second Book.

Both “Go, crystall teares” and “Weep you no more sad fountains”
were worth working on some more.

weblogging

Figured out again how to set up user scripts. The answer is that
you need the script in the directory /usr/lib/cgi-bin. So I have a
user-owned directory under there, and a line in the public_html
Makefile to install all .cgi scripts to the user-owned directory.

Have done this for lconrad; need to do it for sixtoe, but the
script for sixtoe doesn’t work, so I’d need to look at that.

So I have now installed Blosxom, and will be looking at the plugins
and using it with css, etc.