Today: home maintenance as my husband (bless him!) deals with gutters and reapplies the roof-elastomeric glop which (in theory at least) keeps our roof water repellent, kids alternating between playing outside and watching "Glee" upstairs, and I'm working on promotional materials, dates and repertoire for the Poe recital; after the Roof Glopping, we'll squeeze in a quick rehearsal.
I think this is what counts for a "normal suburban Sunday" in this household.... (?!?!?!?!)
The Poe recital seems to be gathering momentum. We enjoyed our radio interview (recorded last Monday, an edited version to be aired the week before Halloween and the full version to be available here soon) and are gratified that folks seem interested in the concept -we've been excited about it since we started planning it, but it's nice to know we're not alone in finding it an intriguing idea!
As we head into the home stretch before the first performances, we find we're falling in love with this music more each time we work on it, which is also wonderfully satisfying (and not always the case!). In particular, the Balfe pair of Poe settings have really grown on us. Initially - at least on the page - they seemed rather musically insubstantial but with each runthrough we've found ourselves becoming more and more attached to them: they're charming. On the page, they look like they should sound like one of Arthur Sullivan's lesser compositions; in reality, they have a naive, Bellini-esque charm which we're finding irresistable. I hope audiences enjoy them as much as we are!
Further information about the Halloween performance here (and there are a couple of other bookings in the works too, details TBA)