Sunday, March 22, 2015

more music-related posts and links incubating, another week starts

The Sor Op. 29, 10 analysis took a little time to set up.  There's more on the way of a similar cast.  I think a case can be made that Op. 29, 5 can also be construed as displaying the structural paradigms of sonata form but with a couple of crucial twists that might not be readily considered: 1) there's no reason the first group has to recapitulate when the second group could and, perhaps more of a risk here 2) there's also no reason you couldn't be working with thematic groups that are recapitulated as a subject with countersubject rather than recapitulating the two themes in their earlier presentation sequence.  That might "seem" unorthodox but there's no rule saying it can't be done. 

Actually, WtH did this in a sonata for clarinet and guitar I wrote a few years ago--I had a first theme and a second theme in an exposition and in the recapitulation revealed that they were actually the subject and countersubject of a single monothematic form.  This let me recapitulate theme 2 first with theme 1 as a countersubject beneath it (and set the theme 1 in canon against itself to boot), and then bring back theme 1 after the non-modulating transition in a different meter and set of phrasings.

So ... if the lowly WtH could compose a sonata form in which both thematic groups from the exposition were recapitulated simultaneously there's at least a case, if admittedly speculative, for proposing that Sor's Op. 29, 5 displays the characteristics of a sonata form in which an exposition has two separate thematic groups that are hybridized in a recapitulation.

And there's other analytical posts incubating about Matiegka's Grand Sonata I, 1.

There's also some plans to get to blogging about the guitar sonatas of Ferdinand Rebay, which is another thing Wenatchee The Hatchet is looking forward to doing.

And since it seems traffic has plummeted in the last half year (which is great, actually) now that Mars Hill is less in the news ...

there may or may not be things to add from the Martian part of the solar system.  Tough to know.  Just when it seems things are played out and there's not much to add somebody says something to a newspaper or in front of a camera.

As to what the future may hold for Mark Driscoll, he's spent years joking he's a charismatic with a seatbelt.  If he's still scheduled to visit Hillsong as an interview guest rather than a speaker it's not entirely impossible he might eventually jettison all the largely vestigial "Reformed" ideas he used to have and relaunch and rebrand himself as a full blown charismatic, without a seatbelt.

Now Wenatchee The Hatchet has already suggested that what would be good for Driscoll would be to spend at least five years as just a run-of-the-mill member at a church submitted to the kind of spiritual leadership he used to say other people ought to submit to but, at length, has rarely produced evidence of having done himself.  If Driscoll wants any shot at all for a future in ministry his self-imposed exile can't be a mere calendar year. 

If Justin Dean wants to clarify which conversation he thinks The Stranger made up he can come back and clarify things. 

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