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Nov. 19th, 2016 10:33 pm
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For the second time this year I woke up, checked the news, and felt like I had woken up in the wrong universe.

I am still sad, and angry, and afraid, but now that some time has passed I'm determined. I am going to donate to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood; Jezebel has a good list of organizations people can donate to, if you haven't seen it yet. I am going to write a letter to Hillary Clinton to say thank you. The glass ceiling is holding but it's been badly cracked and I know we can do it next time. I know we can. Every time I want to despair I think of history and how far we've come, even though there's so much farther to go. Look at a hundred years ago. We didn't get here without fighting and I'm not saying progress will happen without more fighting, but it can be done and has been done.

Update

Oct. 9th, 2016 12:14 am
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Well, I haven't posted for awhile and this time I have a legitimate reason - my computer crashed really badly and I have just agreed to pay a horrible sum of money to have it fixed. (A comparable new one would be three or four times more expensive D:) It auto updated to the anniversary edition of Windows 10. I don't regret updating to 10 - security, far more efficient space use - I think it was just really bad luck. I've never actually had a hard drive crash on me before.

Also the timing was rather bad -it was RuneScape's double xp weekend! I played only a little on the Saturday evening. Figures, hmph.

I read some O R Melling (don't remember it being so YA but I was actually in that age bracket then), finally Heidi again, though my friend has left Switzerland and is doing a thing in London, and am reading The Secret Country by Pamela Dean. Pretty good but the general bickering, constant simmering of unhappiness of like all the children is preventing me from simply eating it up. I also read The Gilded Age, wick is about Anita Hemmings, the first African-American woman to go to Vassar, and she did it by passing for white. I enjoyed it a lot (maybe I should read more boarding school stories), but I also feel like Anita was never angry. Kind of like how I feel I was sooo angry at her treatment compared to Fanny's own feelings in Mansfield Park.

Carmen at the opera - omg. I enjoyed it a lot, A+ would attend again. Sadly another modern update....as a young person who has not seen a ton of opera, I wish I could see more with original settings. This one was very gritty and the stage very minimalistic. I also was slightly disappointed with the habenera, which should really ooze sex appeal; it was all just sorta restrained. And it's not like the rest of the opera was restrained, which was weird. Maybe the Carmen just wanted a very different interpretation? Also, there was a lot of male nudity for a change! In addition to all the female nudity, more forgivable in this opera... It opened with a man in only his underwear running endless laps around the stage - at least thirty or forty, as punishment I think. The other characters just acted like he wasn't even there. Escamillo was amazing and wore the brightest yellow suit imaginable, and pulled it off. The children had clearly been told to sing at the tops of their lungs for Avec la garde montante and were pretty adorable.

I've also been doing a lot of Ingress and letterboxing. There's a very active ingress group locally and I made level 8 a bit ago, which isn't the highest level but the one where you get access to the best gear available. I like the urban exploration thing a lot (thus also letterboxing).

I did calligraphy with my log and decided to look at all my nibs:

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I use all them except the Hunt globe and 102 and the speedball b nibs. OK, the 102 I use for touch up because the top is so fine it catches on everything and then ink splatter, the globe is inflexible and gives me no line variation, and the b ditto - the b all give really thick lines too and no line thickness variation. I used the c-2 for the cover page. I'm not sure I can even write consistently with the c-0, which is even broader - you need so much ink on it you practically have to redip after every stroke. And the line gets thinner as you go down!

I also carved my own stamp! I bought a few cheap pink erasers, scoured the internet for inspiration and guides, and used an exacto knife. Worked out pretty well but I'm not so good at stamping while outside without a table! It's been fairly addicting. I found 3 stamps today (failed to find 2) and really want to go tomorrow too. I have an ingress farm to go to tomorrow morning (almost completely cleaned out of gear - been destroying enemy portals a lot. Lots of fun. What's building compared to getting to smash my nemesis's portal?) But afterwards, more stamp collecting.

Fall is coming in slowly and I want the weather to hold so we get a nice pretty leaf show.
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Hey flist! I'm hosting the second part of the readalong for MWT's The Thief, in honour of its 20th birthday! Here's part one (chapters 1-3), and part two (chapters 4-6).

I'm actually cross-posting this all over because I spent absurd amounts of time on it. It's been ages since I've done this - I really should review in depth some of the books I've read recently, but it really does require hours of butt in chair time.
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Wow, I haven't posted about my reading in forever. In fact there are still books undeleted from my kobo/marked as unread in Calibre cause I'm not even updating my spreadsheet of read books...for shame.

I finished Here Be Dragons. It improved as I went on, and the narrative really narrowed down a lot more after John's death, which was helpful - I don't really like a lot of POV-jumping. I find it hard to care as much when it constantly flips between people. At any rate, I didn't even recognize the Magna Carta when it showed up. Joanna calls it the Runnymede charter, which makes sense. You don't call it the ancien regime when you're in it. John's death also took me rather by surprise. I was reading a non-fiction biography sort of concurrently with Here Be Dragons, but very intermittently, during lunch breaks, and it was going much slower than Here Be Dragons, since it had to describe the warfare and political situations, esp on the continent.

some light discussion )

I also read the End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young, by Somini Sengupta, on recommendation from [livejournal.com profile] wordsofastory. It's a very engaging, well-written and also easy-to-plow-through book, which is really difficult to do. She doesn't shy away from talking about how ugly circumstances and life can be, but she doesn't pity or coddle either, and she does in an incredibly readable way. She takes stories from seven different young people, from all over the country with different ambitions and aspirations, and ties their expectations and hopes back to some of the hopes and promises that came out of independence. She calls them noonday's children - out of the dark, big dreams sometimes, wanting those promises to be fulfilled. And she wrote about inequality, which is something that is very relevant right now. This is an extremely recent book - especially since I'm always late to the party when it comes to reading new stuff - and it was good to see how she incorporated current events in her discussion. Overall extremely good, although I found the last chapter hard to get through - I had to slam the book closed a few times there because it was getting to me. This review is very short because I know next to nothing about India, history or current, and moreover I've had to return my book, but it's very good for someone who doesn't know India well at all.

I read Martha Wells' The Wizard Hunters in an effort to stave off my burning desire to have the next Raksura book. You know how you have books on your e-reader or shelf for ages and ages and are always excited about them when you're sorting through the library (and don't have the time to sit down and read), but when you are actually in a place to read you go, no, I'd rather reread this extremely trashy book for the 48572th time? Anyway, I finally started while I think I was waiting for the train and the opening part hooked me immediately, though when I say what it is it sounds rather horrible. Tremaine's looking for a way to kill herself that would be passed off as an accident - because her city's under siege and she doesn't really have close family anymore and it's not nearly as horrible and sad as it sounds! Oh god. Think Lirael's beginning or something.

some discussion )

!!

Jul. 30th, 2016 08:46 pm
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I got my chef's knife sharpened today, and it is the best seven dollars I have spent in my life. I was at the point where I couldn't cut tomato or pepper skin anymore, but now, now the knife goes through stuff like butter. I mean, it's so sharp I'll probably take a finger off one of these days, but I love it. I love it soooo much. This is gonna make cooking so much easier.
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I finally finished it. I think my tolerance went up as I read it or it got less melodramatic (after that I no longer trust my judgement); I managed to get through to the end with a minimum of eye rolling.

Though when he started writing his suicide note addressed specifically to Charlotte saying basically "you're the cause of my death" and he thinks he loves her? I was more or less boggling while reading anyway, but that takes the cake. How wrapped up in yourself can you possibly be? Yes, obviously, he is not in a fit mental state, but that's amazing. (And then since he had no intention of immediately killing himself, he was obliged to add amendments to it...I assume, probably uncharitably, to twist the knife a little more. Whatever. Intentional or not, it would twist the knife. These things cannot be called love.)

I did not enjoy reading this. It's not even fun to mock because it's so self-pitying and melodramatic. There's bits where he bathes her hand in tears (I hope it was metaphorical; I am not reading it again to check). This is not how you treat someone you love. The condescension towards anyone of lower standing, perceived to be lesser, etc was constant and irritating, and Werther's naivete about children was grating (it's very much Romanticization - capital R and lower case r really - of childhood, which annoyed me when I first studied Romanticism and still annoys me.) There weren't even enjoyable rhapsodies about the landscape - which I still enjoy - because Werther would immediately have to inject his condescending social commentary or cry about Charlotte and his childhood again.

I've never liked woobies and I've never liked frail creatures. (Also I loathe the word woobie.) I've always preferred the hyper-competent people or the Scarlett O'Hara characters. Werther is pretty much the exact type of character I hate.

This is like the least helpful book review ever, but it's been a trying day.
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I read Games Wizards Play and I was disappointed, to be honest.

Plotwise, it's quite interesting. There's nothing epic or earthshattering this time; instead the Wizards' Invitational is on, a competitive event where young wizards demonstrate their projects to a jury - a big international science fair. They are mentored by older wizards who the Powers think can pass on knowledge. It's meant to be a opportunity to help younger wizards experience without the life and death consequences that errantry usually brings.

details )

I also read Edge of Worlds, by Martha Wells, which I enjoyed a lot more. It's about the Raksura, a shape-shifters groundlings/skylings in a world full of different sapient species. It's been a few (peaceful) turns since the last book, but the whole court has had a strange, premonition dream linked again to the Fell, shape-shifters that prey on other species. Moon and Jade and some of the other Raksura sail away with a group of strange groundlings to investigate an sea-bound island that the groundlings think that the Fell-and-Raksuras' forerunners might have built.

more under the cut )

Progress mostly stalled on Sorrows of Young Werther and Here Be Dragons. I am reading a biography of John's rule during my breaks, and it's going well. It'd be going better if people in medieval England had more than like, five names in circulation. I cannot keep track of everyone! The big names, like William Marshal I can remember, but sometimes it's disputes of William vs William.
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In honour of April Poetry Month, one of my favourite poems:

Euclid Alone - Edna St Vincent Millay

Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare.
Let all who prate of Beauty hold their peace,
And lay them prone upon the earth and cease
To ponder on themselves, the while they stare
At nothing, intricately drawn nowhere
In shapes of shifting lineage; let geese
Gabble and hiss, but heroes seek release
From dusty bondage into luminous air.
O blinding hour, O holy, terrible day,
When first the shaft into his vision shone
Of light anatomized! Euclid alone
Has looked on Beauty bare. Fortunate they
Who, though once only and then but far away,
Have heard her massive sandal set on stone.

I'm not doing the one poem a day posting (or writing - kudos to everyone doing that) but I am really appreciating all the poetry on my flist.

letter meme

Apr. 8th, 2016 06:51 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] evelyn_b gave me the letter H for this meme:

Something I hate: Hosiery. I hate pantyhose. It seems to develop runs if you so much as look at it wrong, and I've always felt it's had a whiff of old-fashioned sexism attached to it. It's also totally ineffective at keeping you warm.

Something I love: Haydn! I have been listening to the Creation again and enjoying it enormously. He's such a troll too. Full of surprises.

Somewhere I’ve been: Honolulu! It was glorious and beautiful and I would love, love, love to go back and photograph all the flowers (as well as explore and actually snorkel and everything). They've been photographed in every way possible already, but I'd love to go back.

Somewhere I’d like to go: Holland! Just the art alone, aaaa. I've been (very briefly) to Belgium but didn't have time to make it over to the other Low Countries.

Someone I know: Henry. For some reason I can't think of anyone else, and I even looked up names in my email addressbook AND looked up baby names online, and nope. (I do know other people whose last names start with H though.)

A filmbook I like: The Horse and His Boy. I will forever love Archenland, and although I am as city-slicker as they come, I would love to live there. Narnia, I could take or leave, but Archenland sounds divine. I also loved Shasta's journey and prickly Aravis and the relationship between all four of them. (And Rabadash getting hooked on the wall.)

Comment if you want to get a letter too!
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Putting them here so I have a copy, and in case anyone is interested. I did a lot of baking this winter.

My Mother's Peasant Bread.
I was looking for a bread that didn't require kneading, and this one came out beautifully. Well, the second rising was less successful because the house is heated in the winter between 57-60 degrees Fahrenheit (the first rising I put in the barely-warmed oven) but so long as you don't live in an ice cube like my family prefers, it works really well. The crust especially was super tasty with the butter lining the pan.

abbreviated recipe )

Chantal's New York Cheesecake
Really, really easy cheesecake. But halve this recipe--one half will make a 9-inch pie pan's worth. The only problem is I have never made it without it cracking, even leaving it in the oven for hours afterwards, but it tastes really good and comes out really well in every other respect every time. Also there is no water bath. There's no difference between buying like a retail-sized cream-cheese spread and the baking spread, as far as I can tell. I also put in a little less sugar; sometimes the full amount is too much.

I recommend using actual graham crackers to make the crust. It's really painful to make the crust when you have baguette-y bread and then you toast it so it becomes somewhat akin to brittle rock and then have to crush it into tiny sandpapery rocks. (The crust also came out wayy too dense that time). Never again! Also I've made this recipe by hand, but if you do that you should either let the cream cheese warm up by letting it sit outside/use the microwave, because it is really hard to beat otherwise--there's a lot to cream with sugar. I also tried freezing the cream cheese (we bought three pounds of it, which is frankly an alarming quantity) and upon defrost it was horribly textured, but it seems not to have made a difference once baked. I think.

recipe )

I am terrible at pastry, but I've found grating the butter helps (I don't have a pastry cutter). Basically, put the butter in the freezer, mix the dry ingredients--flour, salt, etc--, and then take out the butter and grate it into the flour mixture. Then combine. I usually do this in stages, putting the butter back in the freezer periodically while I combine flour and butter, especially as it starts melting on me.

I dream of making pastry that's nice and buttery and easy to roll out in sheets; when I do it it's horribly crumbly. It comes out tasting and flaking okay, but it is such a pain to make, and it does not make a pretty pie--the edges are Frankenstein with added lumps from bits I've cut away from elsewhere.

I mention pastry because: Chicken Pot Pie. Holy cow. This was so tasty. It does require two saucepans going at once and pastry, so I usually make the pastry in advance--the onions one needs to be stirred almost constantly. I usually don't have to bake it for as long as half an hour. This recipe (with somewhat eyeballed "cup" of carrots and "pound" of chicken) makes EXACTLY enough to fill a 9-inch pie dish. Like every time I've done it I wonder if this is the time I will not be able to cram everything in, but it always works out and I lay the crust on top gingerly. Actually, that's true of the cheesecake too, and when it bakes the cheesecake balloons straight upwards out of the pan and comes back down as it cools...

But seriously I wanted to eat the stuff poured over the cooked chicken/vegetables, it smelled so good.

recipe )

Simple Scones
I wanted to eat alllll of them as soon as they were out of the oven. I've only had the kind of really dry supermarket scones that you must drink some liquid with to avoid choking on and true, if you leave these out for three days they will acquire similar properties, but straight out of the oven they're divine. When shaping them up for laying them out on the tray, be careful not to over-handle them; the butter starts to warm up in your hands and they get all sticky (and that will ruin the pastry bit). Just quickly shape them into the rough shape you want. Also, this recipe makes a lot fewer scones than I expected.

recipe )

Things I've unsuccessfully tried to make include macarons (the cookie-like sort). My mom, who I made them for, really liked them, but they were tragically un-feeted--I suspect it's because it's so damp, so they never set when I let them stand, and so they just baked like usual cookies. Also, I discovered I don't really like macarons. Also recipes that require stiff peaks scare me; it's not the separating yolks/beating part I am afraid of (with a handheld mixer, it's just standing there) but the part where they tell you to gently fold in the flour. Aaaargh. I am so afraid of squishing out all the bubbles in one fell swoop and overbeating it. I have the same problem with pastry, actually--always afraid I've overworked the dough, except then giving up and smushing it all together with extra water in a fit of frustration when it doesn't come together. I've also made many, many, many brownies and chocolate cakes (not just this winter but generally) and I've never really come across a really satisfying one. Sugar cookies--meh, okay but not really that worth the effort. Mocha cake--unsuccessful, tasted neither particularly chocolate-y nor mocha-y, so failed on two counts. I should try the kind where you make a very chocolatey cake, and then frost it with a very mocha frosting, like Smitten Kitchen recommends. I tried a sponge-cake with lemony filling; the lemon filling came out great but the sponge cake recipe was no good and also I should not have halved that recipe--the cake came out ludicrously tiny. I also made this horrible chocolate cake which had an awful aftertaste, but interestingly involved putting chocolate chips into boiling water and stirring them till they melted. I also made these sugar cookies with "baked icing"--basically, you ice the cookies and then frost them. I spent so much effort (literally, in squeezing because it's very tough icing and also the stupid piping bag had a leak in the side so it would squirt out the side) and then I baked the cookies, and the icing virtually disappeared!!

ETA: Also now that I think about it, I am actually quite hungry. Don't have a kitchen at present sadly. I'm wondering if it's worth getting up and going to the grocery store now.
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I have found my favourite etsy store. It is this store, which sells giant plush vegetables.

GIANT
PLUSH
VEGGIES

And they are adorable! And actually it's more than just the jumbo vegetation--she has a six-foot long carrot--but the humour that shines through the photographs and the descriptions, like the fact the carrot's photo gallery opens with the carrot in question lounging nonchalantly on a sofa (and taking up far more space than it really ought to, considering its skinniness). At some point she made a six-foot carrot out of shimmery orange spandex cloth, and called it the disco carrot. And there are pictures of stuffed pickles lying in bed reading a book with a fine pair of glasses on. Go on, look! It's delightful. On her instagram there's stuff that used to be on there or new prototypes, like a big leafy kale or a stuffed olive or a persimmon.

My younger brother loathes eggplants--there are only few things he won't eat but eggplant is one of them--and I am ever so tempted to send him a giant stuffed eggplant for his birthday, which is in fact coming up soon. Sadly I can't afford to spend so much on a novelty eggplant, but the thought of him unwrapping a giant eggplant is just too funny to ignore :D
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I was thinking about these books the other day - they are the "prequel" books to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, about her maternal grandmother. I remember going to the library - I spent a great deal of time kneeling in the W section and accidentally getting sucked into reading books there, and managed inadvertently to read far more Jacqueline Wilson than I really wanted to, incidentally - being unable to find any other books past Beyond the Heather Hills, and asking the librarian, who also couldn't find anything. Later I found out the author decided to stop writing them - I can't seem to load the original post about it, though I have found Wiley's followup post on her blog about it. She stopped writing them because HarpersCollins started publishing them in miniaturized, abridged versions.

It looks like they are not available in electronic form anywhere. I guess I shouldn't be surprised; they came out in the early 2000's and that was well before public libraries started buying e-copies and that ebooks started selling. Maybe one day they'll be digitized, but it won't be legitimately; HarpersCollins didn't back down when their author said they would stop writing them, and I doubt they would sink more money into the venture. Sigh. I'd really like to own them, but physical copies aren't really doable now, given living space and moving rapidity. This is making me feel rather melancholy. As soon as I can get a library card I'll go check them out, I suppose.

Sherlock

Feb. 8th, 2016 04:01 pm
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So I have watched Sherlock, everything including The Abominable Bride. Saying "watched" seems a bit paltry, because I think fell face-first into fannish enthusiasm for it, especially the whole "consume everything about it" thing. I've been rewatching (as I watched it with other people and we commentated over it) and watching the commentaries and looking at gifs on tumblr and even starting to look for fic. Which, aghgh, it has been so long that I have felt motivated to look for fic - and even longer since there's been a whole bunch of fic there. Sure, I am late to the party, but on the plus side there is tons of fic and thousands of gifs.

There are always people who haven't watched - so, spoilers! I don't really talk about The Abominable Bride and very little of S3 either, though. )
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So I extensively read and re-read much of Martha Wells' Books of the Raksura over the past few weeks.

I read the second and third books of the Raksura - The Serpent Seas and the Siren Depths. They were tons of fun and I couldn't put them down though I wish she'd titled them somewhat differently. I can't remember which comes first or both titles!

The Raksura are a species of shape-shifters who can fly. Moon is a Raksura orphaned and trying to integrate into various groundling societies (mostly unsuccessfully). That's a terrible summary but the books are about him discovering the rest of the Raksura and his travels/adventures with them.

The fourth book comes out April 2016 and I'm so impatient. I want it, and I want it now!

About Raksura )

Then James Bond - several of them now. I read Moonraker and then On Her Majesty's Secret Service. (I have never seen the films, though I regret not buying the nail polish collection OPI put out for Skyfall. I have my priorities!) They have their weaknesses, but as good solid action/adventure novels they deliver, and I am emotionally invested in James Bond the character by this point. I keep going to the library and checking out every Bond book there is - which isn't very many. This library system is big on having duplicates and not on having variety - wrong way round, in my opinion. But anyway!

Moonraker is about the rocket the British government is building, which is being made with the assistance of Hugo Drax, a public war hero and now wealthy businessman. M feels something isn't right when the owner of the club Blades tells him that Drax cheats, and sends Bond to first see if he's cheating (yes - and then Bond dupes Drax into losing an enormous sum of money) and then posts him at the Moonraker to see what's going on. This is leading up to a test-firing of the rocket, so there is a great deal of tension and attention being paid - especially after there is a murder at the site.

Moonraker )

Then On Her Majesty's Secret Service! Bond is sent on the trail of Blofeld again, one of the major figures behind the creation of SPECTRE and one of Bond's greatest enemies. He is put on the tail of Blofeld when Blofeld puts a request through the College of Arms - he wants legitimacy, and wants it badly enough to leave somewhat of a trail. On the pretext of being one of the College of Arms' researchers, Bond goes off to Switzerland to investigate Blofeld, who appears to be running a very secretive clinic of some kind on top of the mountains, within a ski resort.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service )

Also I watched Pride and Prejudice (1995), season 1 of Sherlock plus the first two episodes of season 2, AND the first three episodes of Agent Carter season 2. More to follow! (All of them were great, in case you were wondering. In many different ways.)
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Saw it this Sunday - everything is spoilers under the cut. Also, thank you to everybody in the usual fannish/Internet spaces I hang out in - I managed to go in pretty much entirely unspoiled. Courtesy is not dead!

For anyone who has not watched yet - there is no extra post-credits scene. (Dude next to us: "There's no extra scene! I've seen this movie three times!)

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Dec. 15th, 2015 11:30 pm
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The holds on Martha Wells' Siren Depths and Serpent Sea have finally arrived MUAHAHAHAHA goodbye my friends I'll be back eventually
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macro shot of my music, titled 'FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY - Lobgesang - Hymn of Praise, op. 52, Symphony Cantata' and orchestration written in German - Soli SST, Chorale SSAATB, 2 flutes 2 oboes etc

Had a concert Saturday, performing Mendelssohn's Lobgesang. We were paired with another choir (larger than us), and an excellent symphony orchestra. Altogether I would guess there were at least two hundred people on stage - rather cozy and quite warm on stage, but the sound was absolutely tremendous and tremendously exciting to sing in. And Mendelssohn is a very rewarding sort of composer to sing in large choruses with, especially in a piece like this: a "hymn of praise", written to commemorate the western invention of printing - I think on one of the major anniversaries of it?

We were conducted by the conductor of the symphony orchestra (the choirs share a conductor, so there were just two conductors running around). The conductor was sort of funny and acerbic with it, the kind that really tries to get a lot out of you. I'm not sure what he's like when it's all being put together, but he kept exhorting us to get out of the music and watch the conductor. (One of the most common refrains of conductors I've known).

The parts got a bit jogged around by our choral conductor. He asked the alto 2s to help the tenors when they had to sing by themselves to open a movement, and in some parts asked the entire soprano section to sing alto to lend more power to the middle section - this, at least, is very rare. The last movement in rehearsal we basically didn't have a soprano line; those were being worked on by the other choir, who would cover for us there.

I like this rendition on youtube. There are more if you search "Mendelssohn Lobgesang" though I only have timestamps for this particular one.



Lots and lots of talk about the piece, including time-stamps for specific parts )
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Now reading Magicians of Caprona and finally getting into it. It always takes me a bit to get used to new characters - I hate it when sequels/series have new protagonists!

I have listened to this version of The Water is Wide a lot (a lot.) You know, when you suddenly listen to a song and then you must play it over and over and over again? For days? I love it so much. All of their voices and interpretations, but especially, I think, the middle singer. The lyrics probably help. And then the trio all together. I am undone.



It is almost impossible to find anything about the singers online; I can't tell if I'm finding the same people, and also I want to know if they did another collaboration.

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