The glories of modern technology mean that by the time this goes up onto the interweb I shall be midair on my way out to Tuscany for the weekend. It will be a tough grind of choral rehearsals, but there will be a performance of Tu Es Petrus tucked in there on Sunday evening to keep me happy, not that am I ever less than happy in Anghiari.

I also received reports yesterday about the first performance of the Missa Festiva, which were wholly positive and mentioned the word “triumph”. This is good to know, especially as the piece has two more performances coming up fairly soon, and it gives me some faith in what I have done, writing two Masses effectively with the same choral parts but transposed to different modes.

When I think of that technical challenge I think immediately of Johannes Ockeghem, not because I compare myself with him, heaven forfend, but instead because he was the king of that kind of bizarre idea expressed as music. If you do not believe me then try his Missa Prolationum, written entirely in double canon, some portions of which were once described to me by a singer as “unbelievably close to free jazz”.

Yesterday morning I also spent a stint on the book, rewriting a panel in accordance with some shuffling that is going on, and, as a result, researching the early years of The Beatles. In amongst the other nuggets I found, to my amusement, that recordings of Love Me Do feature no fewer than three drummers, and if you hear a tambourine on a recording then that is Ringo while somebody else sits behind the kit. Apparently Ringo never quite forgave George Martin for bringing in a “professional”, though I am sure that the producer’s contribution to their success and bank balances eventually massaged away most of the hurt.

I’ll be quiet now on the blog until Monday, but if you happen to be in Anghiari then please to come along to our concert on Sunday evening. Otherwise I’ll catch you all on Monday (probably) and hope that you all have a lovely weekend.

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