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Dave Brubeck's Nocturnes (Lyndol Descant On the Aluminum Edelan Clavichord)

by Lyndol Descant

This album presents a unique experience. The first ever recordings of Dave Brubeck's classical jazz Nocturnes on a modern version of a 400 years old instrument, the clavichord.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Going to Sleep
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2. Strange Meadowlark (Vocal Verison)
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3. Recuerdo
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4. Audrey
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5. A Study in Forths
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6. I See Satie w/vocal
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7. Strange Meadowlark
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8. Joshua Redmond
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9. Softly William Softly
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10. Chorale
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11. Five for Ten Small Fingers
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12. Memories of a Viennese Park
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13. Upstage Rumba
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Jazz on the Clavichord

First recorded performances of these Brubeck pieces with vocals!

First recorded performances of the Brubeck Nocturnes on the clavichord!

This album presents a unique experience. The first ever recordings of Dave Brubeck's classical jazz Nocturnes on a modern version of a 400 years old instrument, the clavichord. While we might expect to hear Brubeck on a piano and Bach on a clavichord, let's put Brubeck on the clavichord. Like all great music, the Brubeck Nocturnes translate perfectly well to this this contemporary version of this ancient instrument. It offers us an intimate, personal and exciting experience

The Music

This collection of pieces, which span the wide period of 1940 to the early 2000s, are not Nocturnes in the classical sense, but do reflect Brubeck’s fusion of classical and jazz. Although most of them evoke the mood of a Nocturne, they span all moods and thoughts, from the Spanish rhythms of “Upstage Rumba” to the subtle feeling of “Audrey” (for Audrey Hepburn). In “I See, Satie,” Brubeck takes a direct satirical shot at twelve tone music, most likely based on his study with Darius Milhaud and Mills College in California. In Strange Meadowlark the first six notes of the theme are commonly heard in the fields of Amador County, California, where Dave grew up. His wife, Iola penned the words to the music.

The Nocturnes give us a close and personal introduction to the classical/jazz theme which permeates much of Dave Brubeck’s music and its realization on the harpsichord makes it even more personal and exciting.

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A note about tuning used for this album
The tuning temperament used on clavichords has varied over its more than 400 year history. While most of the tracks on this album were recorded using the Well-Tempered temperament, four of the tracks were recorded using Meantone or Pythagorean tuning. To our modern ears, these may sound off-key or dissonant. This is due to the shortened fifths used with this tuning scheme. Meantone was used for tracks 3, 10, 11 and 12.
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