Working on Andrew York’s “Quiccan”

Christopher Hopper: My Life in Music

For the past several weeks I’ve been working on the fourth guitar part of Andrew York’s quartet “Quiccan.”  I am working on it for the purpose of performing it with three other guitarists, two recent graduates of a music school and the third is currently pursuing his degree.  All three are good players and I am very happy to be working with them. “Quiccan” is one of those pieces that doesn’t really have an easy part to play, unlike some quartets or ensemble pieces where there are distinct differences between the parts’ degrees of difficulty.  In this case all four parts are decidedly challenging because many of the motifs circulate through all four parts at one point or another.  That being said, there are a few in there that don’t come through my part that I must say I’m relieved that I don’t have to pull off at this point!

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the cherry now

radical rumblings

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Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough,

And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,

Twenty will not come again,

And take from seventy springs a score,

It only leaves me fifty more.

                      –

And since to look at things in bloom

Fifty springs are little room,

About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.

A. E.Housman

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Earth Day……..all year long.

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Ok, I missed writing a post on Earth Day. I fully meant to…but I was out in my Iris garden. So love when my Irises bloom. They are one of my favorite flowers.

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Living in the Mountains of Arizona I have to contend with two things when gardening. The scarcity of rain, we are a desert state you know, and Javelina.  If you have never seen one they are wild pig like creatures that roam the state.  Javelina will eat almost any tubular plant but Iris; so I have a lot of Iris. Rain that’s another story. The drought in the Southwest has been long and hard.

Which brings me to global warming and Earth Day…. We are slowly killing our mother Earth. Have you seen California this year? I just got back from a trip there and it has…

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