do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night

Dylan Thomas, 1914 - 1953

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

 

Thanks for all your efforts on a great rehearsal last week everyone. I'm looking forward to the big 35th Anniversary Season Opener on Oct. 18. Be sure to invite everyone you know that's ever played in the CICB and and do the social media thing. 

 

Couple notes from last week:

-Tune constantly. If possible have a tuner on your stand during rehearsals to check on. Remember there's an app for that, too.

-Be sure you have passed in the octavo set of Washington Post, the old version of the Holst and the Bassoon concerto. Last week to collect.

-Thank you for your efforts to center yourself on stage. That along with the closed curtain makes such a big difference. I ask that the first 3 rows stay centered with the empty chairs on the outside, and the 4th row please left-justify to keep extra room stage right for the percussion. And please use the least number of music stands necessary. Please make every effort to be on time, warmed up and ready. Consider coming early to help set up.

 

Here is the rehearsal order for Tuesday with some notes:

6:30 Set up/warm up

7:00 Let us Break Bread Together - no cues throughout, attention to tuning throughout, massive breath support (stagger as needed), your very best tone required

7:15 Do not go gentle into that good night - take time to practice this masterpiece; note the composers use of 2's (and seconds) throughout; m. 37 ww 1/part; m. 51 practice at mm=160; m. 155 I'll not conduct these two measures-net downbeat it 157; m. 162 ww 1/part; at the end car 3, bass car, bsn, bd and timp sustain the Bb seque into the beginning of Nearer My God

7:45 Nearer My God To Thee - played immediately after Do not go gentle, stagger breath for organ effect

7:50 Washington Post

8:05 announcements/break

8:15 Ride - practice at mm=167; dynamic contrast must be immediate; the end can be huge-as loud as musically possible (not humanly possible)

8:30 Holst No 2 - make sure you are using the Matthews edition; lets start with the last movement and work our way backwards to ensure we get to the Dargason.

9:00 fine' - tear down

Let me know if you have any questions,

 

Tedd