Symphonic Sunday

Le Jour ni l’Heure 8643 : L’Été — vue prise d'...Today’s Some Thing 4 Sunday comes to you courtesy of the Albany Symphony Orchestra led by David A. Miller, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest led by Edward Gardner, and … the Letter R.  Well, not exactly…  R is for Maurice Ravel, one of my favorite composers.

ImpressionismSome rave about the Impressionists (such as Claude Monet, whose works are featured to the left) after a trip to a museum, completely forgetting (or worse being totally unaware) that Impressionism encompassed more than painting.  The French movement inspired musical compositions and even literary works through the Dutch Tachtigers.

Last night, my husband and I were treated to a double dose of Ravel’s works as the Albany Symphony performed both the famous Boléro and the sublime “Mother Goose Suite”.  As recording is forbidden in the theatre (and even were it not, the meager 4 minutes my camera can record could do no justice to the piece), let me offer this link to the Radio Philharmonic performing the work.  It’s a wonderful orchestration…  it just can’t compete with being there.

I hope you enjoy the piece as much as I did.  If you are interested, two of our local radio stations (both with have internet broadcasting setup) will be playing the concert for listeners later in the month:

And if you’d like to read some interesting pre-concert notes by a musician that performs with the Symphony on occasion, please check out this post by Dana Huyge.  Yes, the piece by Crouse was as intense as it looks.

ROW80 Check-In

Some progress.  Some inspiration.  Just some….  joy:

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences everyday, although not always fiction
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song  no progress since Wednesday
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) on a consistent schedule check
  • maintain active sponsor participation some progress on the sponsor post; the rest on track
  • energize myself with more physical activity a full workout on Thursday and Friday, some exercise with husband and Boodle while the Boodle practiced his fencing and karate
  • reclaim my writing space I’ve forgotten where my desk is…  
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) nada
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more… good stuff here; lots of good stuff here
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each)  one #row80 sprint;  I also made the last 10 minutes of the #StoryDam chat before the #k8chat (about Street Teams) came on; good stuff, but I had to leave the #k8chat early.  Fortunately Kate Tilton posts a chat transcript on her website


Thank you, Letter R!

Photo credits:

  • Le Jour ni l’Heure 8643 : L’Été — vue prise d’une fenêtre de la maison de Maurice Ravel à Montfort-l’Amaury, pentes du château de Montfort, Yvelines, Île-de-France, samedi 18 août 2012, 16:24:22 (Photo credit: Renaud Camus)
  • Impressionism (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • (Photo credit: duncan)
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12 responses to “Symphonic Sunday

  1. Love your goals, all of which I can totally relate to. Best of luck with them. Love Ravel and Monet too!


  2. Oh, lovely music for my tomorrow (Enterprise has me, right now!). I love that you’re getting to explore this way. =)

    And not a half-bad week ROW80 wise, either!

    If you’re still up for getting ogether Tuesday, I’m game. Jim had today off, and we had a lovely,refilling family day! =)


    • Sounds delightful. I’d love together. I’ll be online a bit more later (getting off the PC now to finish my sponsor post) so we can discuss plans. Interested in fountainside at the Desmond at all?


      • Oh, Yes!!!!

        i was looking at those pictures recently, and thinking that we should definitely go back!

        Do you want to meet to work out, or post that? I will be bringing writing stuff with me (editing, planning, and the like), and I’ll check on a budget with the co-planner of such things….).


        • Meeting for a workout probably won’t work for me… at least not at Clifton Park as I have to get M home from school first then drive up. That is… unless you don’t mind working out later, say 5-ish.

          The budget will have to be small… maybe we could eat supper at Moe’s or something similar? Then do a tea and dessert as we did before at the Desmond?

          If you don’t want to meet for a workout, I’ll get an earlier in the day one down at the Bethlehem Y.


  3. This is the first I’ve heard about #ROW80 sprints, I’m intrigued and will have to look into. Maybe see you around!


    • Sorry about the late reply, Buffy. Yeah… The scheduled #row80 sprints I know about are mostly once (at most, twice) a day at 2pm EST. The evening sprint when we get going is about 9:30pm EST (which might work better for you since, if I recall), you’re in Australia. It’s a good crowd though I think for getting writing done, the #writingsprint and #wordmongering groups tend to be more ambitious. Oh, and of course, any of the NaNo-based sprinting groups.