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Diary: October & November 2017

Dear lords and ladies (or whatever a person may enjoy being called);

I return with another blog post, this time spanning over two months because nothing too important happened in October. Anyways, let’s get to the log:

  • Started work on a series of art song opuses.
  • Made some changes to the story and started work on the libretto for Lorelei.
  • Made significant progress on the flute concerto.
  • Went on a trip to London. Attended the premiere of Semiramide at the Royal Opera House, starring Joyce DiDonato and Lawrence Brownlee.
  • Wrote a scientific article about my opera Lorelei, its context, goal, and general insight. It will be published by January and I’ll link to it when it is.
Art songs

I originally got the idea for this a few months ago after really starting to sing Schubert’s, Schumann’s and Brahms’ art songs. The series is expected to contain 4 opuses, each with 4 art songs. The catch is that each opus will be written in a different language. One in Slovenian, one in English, one in German and one in French. Texts in Slovenian, English, and French will be/are written by me, while I’ve commissioned a good friend of mine, artist, and poet, who often writes in German to write the German ones. At the moment, I have 3 texts completed – two in Slovenian and one in English. I haven’t set any to music yet, but plan to do one in the next month.

Concerto

The first movement is now almost 6 minutes of solid, fully orchestrated music, which leaves me with just 4 more in order to complete my goal of 10 minutes! I’m almost certain it will be completed by the end of December, which is fantastic news, as it gives me close to 5 months to prepare for the premiere! Obviously, I need to take into account the time it’ll take me to arrange it for piano, but I doubt it’ll be more than a week.

London

Last week, I went to London for 4 days to see the premiere of Semiramide at the ROH (also saw the musical Mamma Mia but that’s way less important lol). Had a wonderful time there, met up with a friend and such, thoroughly enjoyed it! 🙂 The performance itself was fantastic, with 3 minor slip-ups (1 split horn note, Assur came in a bar too early in act 2 and a door with should’ve been locked opened wide), but the rest more than made up for them! I had £100 in my pocket when I stumbled upon a giant DVD/CD store and spent it all. Here’s the loot list!

  1. The ROH Puccini set (La Boheme, Tosca, and Turandot)
  2. Hilary Hahn’s complete Sony recordings (5 albums)
  3. a Maria Stuarda DVD from the MET starring Joyce DiDonato
  4. the complete anime series Steins;Gate on 5 discs
  5. The original Cristopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus A-text from 1592
Seeds of Life

Nothing much to say here, except the fact I have a meeting scheduled with the designer that’ll be doing the design for the CD box as well as the cover. That’s pretty exciting, can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

 

Well, that’s all I have for now, will return soon with updates!

Oh also, I’ve ditched FFXIV for WoW and Hearthstone :’)

 

See ya!

 

-E