STICKY: Grand Catholic Tour of Italy: HERE
Mom and I experienced an awesome vacation-of-a-lifetime tour of Italy and of Oberammergau, Germany. I took lots and lots of photos here, and I am so glad I did. I never want to forget the wonder and awe of the sights. I hope you enjoy these photos. -Gene- PLEASE NOTE: These photos are downloadable as jpeg images, but they are in the original resolution of 6000×4000 (or somewhat less if cropped) and employ minimal compression. This
Hard Drive FAIL!
Yep, one of the hard drives on my desktop PC started going bad. I noticed it when checking through my backup logs. A couple of entries noted a unrecoverable read error. This wasn’t a read error of the backup drive, but of the source drive I was backing up. I used a couple of specialized tools to diagnose the failing hard drive – Seagate’s SeaTools, and a freeware tool named HDSCAN. This drive would sometimes
Symphony No 41 in C Major
Here’s Mozart’s last Symphony. Enjoy. This was a very clean score from MuseScore and was easy to put together in Dorico. It was rendered using the Iconica libraries.
Symphony No 1 in C Major
Time for a change in focus. I managed to put all The Nutcracker Ballet together, except for the ‘Final Waltz and Apotheosis’, which I cannot seem to find in digital form at all. Putting it all together was a huge effort (over twenty parts total), and I will have to decide if I want to omit the final part or enter it in by hand. I am a bit weary of all that work, but
MuseScore Ups its Game!
Version 4.0 is out! Wowser! It has been a couple of years since MuseScore has had an update – so this is very big news indeed. They have completely revamped a lot of the MuseScore application code to something a bit more maintainable and fit for future updates. The user interface has been updated to more modern standards – which is welcome – the old version had that crusty Qt-widgets, ‘Linux-y’ look we all know
Cross Staff Shenanigans!
You’re just not beaming if you’re cross… I obtained most of the parts of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet score from the same MuseScore contributor, mainly because I thought (at the time) that the editing and liberties taken with the material would be minimal from part to part. For the most part, that’s been true. I do have two PDF scans of different publisher’s printed editions of the score, and they agree, apart from a few hiccups,
HIT OR MISS? It is the Christmas Holidays once again, and of course, I am keeping busy with Christmas music-making as I always do. This year’s project is Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” music – the entire ballet performance – not just the 20 minute “Suite” we are all familiar with. The suite was an excerpt Tchaikovsky’s had taken from the ballet – the highlights that could be performed without the context of the ballet. I have