Contractor, the Conductor

It’s finally the right time to do a massive renovation of your house, to turn it into the home you’ve always dreamed of. You’ve always wanted to do it—had the perfect piece of property staked out to build on, known exactly the way you wanted it to look: two stories, a spacious and finished basement, nice attic, enough bedrooms for the kids and any guests, a lofted living room attached to the kitchen, and a wrap-around porch. It’s just what you’ve wanted since you were a kid. But how do you make it happen? Who to hire, and from where, and for what? Exactly how much is it going to cost, and exactly how is this all going to come together? These are very real questions and to be expected with any major architectural planning. To avoid becoming overwhelmed with the weight of the project, remember that when you hire a contractor all those questions and concerns are left to the professional.

There are countless people that will be involved with your renovation, everyone from architects to landscapers to plumbers to electricians to a myriad of other professionals working toward building the home you want. It’s predictably not always easy to have all these people on the same page, however, which is exactly what a contractor is for. Think of their job as that of the orchestra conductor’s. In an orchestra, of course, you have your strings and your woodwinds, your brass and your keyboards, and finally your percussion. Now, within each of these sections there are obviously numerous different instruments, each of which has a different role both within their section and within the orchestra as a whole. But what would happen to an orchestra in which the violinist had no idea what the tuba player was doing? Or what if the pianist was simply playing an entirely different song than the rest of the group, and the gong player was indiscriminately smashing at his gong while the flautist was supposed to be playing a soft and melodic melody? Well, it would be a disaster. Everyone in the orchestra needs to know what everyone else is doing, which is why there must be a conductor, and why that conductor must prepare detailed sheet music and hold rehearsals to ensure that everyone is literally on the same page.

When it comes to major home renovations, the contractor is no different—in fact, perhaps more important. After all, if an orchestra performs poorly, the worst consequence is that they have a bad show; but they will get another shot the following night to a fresh audience. This isn’t the case with home renovations: you get one chance, and if it’s botched it can cost you in many, many ways. The contractor’s job is to prevent that from happening. They are the ones who digest and synthesize all the information into one composite plan, orchestrating how the plumber can work with the sheetrock guy, the electrician with the landscaper, coordinating everything with the grace and efficiency and poise of a Beethoven.

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One composer who we will be performing some compositions of in 2019 is Gaetano Brunetti(1744-1798). He wrote an amazing amount of music and more if it deserves to be heard today. From information included on some of the music it says how chamber music accounts for more than 75% of Gaetano Brunetti’s total output since,, for most of his life, Brunetti was at the service of Charles IV, a keen violinist, who performed all of these works. There is evidence that the Prince of Asturias received lessons from Gaetano Brunetti himself, so it is likely that these compositions were performed at one time by Brunetti on 1st violin, Carlos IV on 2nd violin along with another musician to occupy the cellist’s chair at the Royal Chapel. This could have been Domingo Porreti, Antonio Villazon, or even the composer’s son Franciso Brunetti. The fact that he composed for his ‘protector’ who himself took part in musical performances was a common occurrence of the period. Compositions acted as entertainment for royalty and nobility at events organized in their various residences with performers also being the recipients of works.

With regard to the style of Gaetano Brunetti, his work undeniably falls within the aesthetic postulates of Classicism, with typical structures such as the sonata form, or the rondo, while other characteristics of preceding styles – Rococo and / or galant style, also feature in some of his compositions. Within the bounds of what we deem to be Classicism, and in the work on which we are focussed , that is , chamber music, the melodic lines of his compositions are of a remarkable simplicity constructed with short motifs that are significantly enriched through modulations and chromaticism. Brunetti treats each instrument in an exemplary fashion, displaying a sound knowledge of instrumentation along with a firm grasp of the possibilities inherent to each instrument, all of which he acquired during his time as a performer.

Dynamics are marked particularly concisely, and a wide dynamic range is utilized, in line with the developments occurring during the period of dates in question. We thus see pp or pianissimo, up to f forte. in addition , expression markings are extremely varied, such as dolce, espressivo, or flautando, which give us better understanding of the character that Brunetti wished to stamp onto his compositions. We are also a ble to see effects that were not in common use at that period, such as pizzicato, ponticello or col legno, allowing us to . appreciate the innovative approach of the composer.

The first series of trios about which we have information were those dedicated to the Duke of Alba, dating 1776k, with the series being dated prior to that given. These compositions correspond to the phase that precedes Brunetti’s entry to the Royal Chapel, when he was commissioned to compose for the House of Alba. None of the parts from this series of trios remain. IT is likely . that the cello and the 2nd violin parts vanished from the Palace of Lira , residence of the Duke and Duchess of Alba, while the first violin part disappeared from the Royal Palace in 1936 during fires caused by the Civil War. The trios first dedicated to Prince of Asturias is often referred to as Series I. In this series Brunetti refers in the dedication to his status as member of the Royal Chapel, from which we can infer that the dedication is prior to 1767. The second set of trios for two violins and cello corresponds to this Series II which also corresponds to this period , which was possibly composed in 1771 and which as in the preceding series, bears a dedication to the Prince of Asturias.

A further 6 trios written for this formation comprised the next series, also dedicated to the Prince of Asturias, is series VI . The 4th and final series for the for 2 violins and cello , series VIII , is dedicated to His Catholic Highness. Carlos IV . From the dedications, we can infer that it would have been written folfowing the king’s coronation in December 1788.

Music is something that all kids should get a chance to learn in school regardless of how wealthy a town they live in. Music is a great tool for developing the brain as a child matures. Those who have played musical instruments through high school, even if they never play again, will have developed the right half of the brain so that their creativity and imagination is far wider than those who never played an instrument. In a business meeting if a challenging problem arises those who have played music in their childhood will come up with much wider variety of answers, with much more creativity than those who never had music education. Tests done showed that when a child who played music reached their mid twenties the right half of the brain was much bigger than that of anyone who had never played an instrument in their youth.

When children are growing up the right half of the brain is the dominant half, It usually remains the dominant half until they get to their mid twenties and have a full time job. That means they have . a vast amount of creativity in their youth. When schools have wonderful music and art programs it gives children a chance to explore wonderful ways to use their creativity. When they do not have this opportunity their creativity , yes that strong creative half of their brain, can end up being used in very bad ways, Crimes and murders and much more, a child with no form of music or arts education , is much more likely to become involved in, for no good ways to use their creativity were offered to them. So if we cut the music and arts programs in our schools, like has been going on in the USA for about 40 years now… well the crime will increase, and more money will be spent on juvenile detention centers rather than on the arts and music education in our schools. We have seen more violence with guns in our country than in almost any other country on the planet. Policemen murder more people in the USA than anywhere else with guns.

Yes and one of the reasons there is so much violence today is due to racism and religions. Now in music it is like an international language. When I play music in a group we see people of all religions, races, and nationalities playing the same music together. The music is what is important and what make peace between us all. Those who do not play an instrument will never get to experience this peace and love among humans that music can bring.. So in those places with no music education we have more hate and violence.

Different subjects use different parts of the brain. when tests were done science would activate one part of the brain, math would activate another part of the brain, foreign languages would activate another section of the brain, The same with history, and poetry. But there is nothing that activates both halves of the brain at the same time and that activates as much of the brain as playing music. Even just listening to music uses an incredible amount of the brain. IT is definitely something that should be done more if we want to see more intelligence in our country.

Music is a great way to overcome depression and anger. Omega 3 is a great way too. But when I had things that got me upset , sad , or angry a walk in nature was one way to make me feel wonderful, once again and overcome all that negativity.. there is lots of beautiful music in nature.. It is really like heaven. Listening to music and playing music could also bring great results. Nature and music bring far better results to overcoming depression than prozac or any prescriptions from the doctors, many of which tend to lead to suicides and murders. Classical music especially is very calming and spiritually strengthening. Putin recently said that if we got rid of rap music and had more classical music there would be far less violence. I think he may be correct. It would certainly create a totally different society.

I remember back in the 1990’s one family I taught violin to had two young boys who were twins.. They were a great pleasure to teach. Their parents had come from Cape Verde island off the west coast of Africa.. They told me how when they lived there there was music going on in the streets morning noon and night. There were people playing, dancing, singing. Music was part of their society and part of their lives. However when those twins’ parents had moved to Boston and the mom had given birth to the two kids, with the cost of living here in the USA being so high, there was no time for music. Both parents to try to keep a shelter over their heads and be able to support the kids had two full time jobs each, none of them paying very high. How sad. IT made almost no time to have to spend with the kids and help them learn and more. Our society should strive to be more like Cape Verde Island Money should lose its importance. Happiness should be much more important. The USA is very low on the scale for being the happiest country in the world. Once I read we were in 114th place.. More things should be important to people than how their stocks and bonds were doing. How huge a house they can buy.. how many people they can rip off every day with high prices. how they can brainwash people to buy their product in huge numbers. Instead we should strive to live more modest lives and to keep our lives happy where music is something we can take part in constantly. I know in Japan the work hours are so long and 6 days a week that after high school no one would ever have a chance to play an instrument again unless they made music their profession.. And the suicide rate there is awfully high.

So as we progress into the 21st century, yes into the time period of Aquarius once again, we must strive to make music something that is much more important to us all and something that all kids growing up can have as part of their lives. The great tool to happiness and peace is something that can bring far more good things to our lives than having jobs paying in 6 figure amounts or more.

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