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#2700080 - 12/28/17 09:10 AM "To Us Is Given" -- Brubeck, arr.  
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Hello, Friends. Tired of playing the same old stuff at Christmas, I went shopping at our local music store in November and found a few new books. The recording below is played from "Selections from a Dave Brubeck Christmas" (Alfred Publishing, 1997). The complete title of the piece is "To Us Is Given (From the 'Pange Lingua Variations')." I gather that "Pange Lingua" is a medieval hymn from the Roman Catholic tradition. It's new to me, and if in discussion anyone would like to share what they know about the hymn or Dave Brubeck's interpretations of it, I'm all ears (so to speak...)

Anyway, this was recorded at home yesterday on the Mighty Lester spinet after a rather intense tuning session. Recording device is a Tascam DP-004, into CuBase for sound editing. It's cold and dry in these here parts, and certain parts of this old piano and bench are creaking.

Hope you like it.

To Us Is Given (From the "Pange Lingua Variations") -- Dave Brubeck, arr.


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#2700112 - 12/28/17 10:21 AM Re: "To Us Is Given" -- Brubeck, arr. [Re: Cinnamonbear]  
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Hi there, CinnamonBear -- LONG time since you last posted! Regarding the Brubeck -- you are correct in surmising that "Pange Lingua" is a very ancient Gregorian Chant melody, really pretty well known, alongside "Dies Irae, Dies Illa". As you indicated, this sounds like one variation out of many, and I'd love to hear the entire set (have to check it out on YouTube). I have an excellent arrangement of "Pange Lingua" compliments of Jeanne Cotter, from a book of her arrangements entitled "Home Again", published in 1990 (don't know if it's still available). Like Cindy Berry, her arrangements are very imaginative, tasteful, and sensitive -- well worth getting, along with her other book "After the Rain". As always, very expertly presented -- thanks for sharing!

#2700118 - 12/28/17 10:41 AM Re: "To Us Is Given" -- Brubeck, arr. [Re: Cinnamonbear]  
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Andy - you certainly accomplished a lot yesterday - with the intense tuning AND two excellent recordings !!

The "Pange Lingua Variations" is new to me, but I'm familiar with the tune.

And yes - I wondered about the creaks - but they simply add to the overall ambience of the listening experience !!

Well done !!

Last edited by Carey; 12/28/17 10:45 AM.

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#2700413 - 12/29/17 01:37 PM Re: "To Us Is Given" -- Brubeck, arr. [Re: Tim Adrianson]  
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Hi, Tim! Hi, Carey! Yes, it *has* been a long time since I've posted. I had one of those incredibly busy seasons this year (which is good in its own way) and I'm still learning how to fold the piano tuning/teching/playing into the "normal doo-dah day" work schedule. Remember all the comments on PW that say something to the effect of, "Shouldn't you be away from the computer practicing piano instead of talking about it?" Well--that's where I've been. It's the music school of hard knocks, and I've learned a TON since the last few times I've posted. Out of necessity, I'm getting better at sight reading, too! laugh The down side is that I've had so much new music to learn regularly for church that I haven't had time to work on any of the things I really want to work on -- like the Handel and the Brahms and the Kapustin. frown

Thanks for the notes on Pange Lingua, Tim. I did go looking on YouTube and the broader world when I was first reading through this piece because I wanted to know if there was a recording or transcription with more than just the "theme" and "first variation." Like you said, there are scads of people presenting their versions of the Chant melody. I came up empty handed about more Brubeck. That's not unusual for me.

The creaks come and go, Phil, in the piano and in the body... wink I'm never sure how much time to invest in tracking some of them down, because I know as soon as the weather changes, one will be gone and another might appear. Like you said, "ambience." smirk I did track down an annoying sympathetic buzz that was due to veneer laminate coming undone on the underneath edge of the music desk. That one was unacceptable! grin FIxed that with some quick-drying tacky glue. I love my old jalopy. laugh

Thanks for listening, fellas!

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but at least I'm slow.

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