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Brave New World

Since the last post I’ve barely played at all. Not just through lack of people to play with, but more relevantly because I lost a crown on one of my front maxillary central incisors. With all the virus-inspired chaos going on, and the fact that it wasn’t really an “emergency” I didn’t get it fixed for a few months, but the fix turned out to be only temporary (the crown post had snapped in two). So now I’m half way through the brave new world of implant surgery, and will not be playing for ANOTHER few months. I could probably attempt playing on the temporary teeth by now, but I want to give the implants the maximum time possible to heal properly so that they really do become a “permanent” solution. And since there’s very little group playing going on this is as good a time as any.

It’s rather taken the impetus off my transcribing too, though I had started on the Brass Quartets by Ramsöe which look like they’ll fit really nicely on a wind quartet (no french horn), and I’ll get back to them eventually. It coincided with another Brave New World, which was attempting to use MuseScore in a semi-serious way as opposed to my usual Sibelius poison. This has been mixed in results. Actually inputting notes was straightforward, but getting the page layout correct was very non-intuitive, and drove me slightly batty. Oh, and the fact that the program crashes at start-up every other time. I’ve also gone for my first new PC in 10 years, and have still not bitten the bullet and escape from Windows. Sibelius is one of the main reasons for that, so I’ve either got see whether I can get it working under Wine, or else convert wholesale to MuseScore. Expect some reports eventually. Meantime, I’ve published the first two Ramsoe transcriptions here and here