Our Gift to You

Here are three more Chorales by Bach. I hope you enjoy them. They are chorale numbers 70, 71, and 72 from the songbook “101 Chorales by Johann Sebastian Bach.”

If you are using a smartphone to view this page, go to Desktop Mode in Chrome Settings (the three dots in the upper right corner) to use the music player. Then the songs can be played one after the other without needing to click the play button after every song.

Number 72 – Come Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire:

Number 71 – Blessed Jesus at Thy Word:

Number 70 – Beside Thy Manger Here I Stand

And here is something sure to brighten your day:

Three More Chorales

Here are three more Bach Chorales from the book “101 Bach Chorales.” The rest of them can be found here:

Number 67:

Number 68:

Number 69:

Here are two songs you are sure to remember. They were both written by Edvard Grieg, and were posted here last year around this time (before I knew how to do sound effects!)

Say Hello To My Little Friend

It is Finished

I have finished transcribing all 18 songs from the music book Piano Literature, Volume One. All of the songs were written in the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary eras.

The eight composers are as follows:

And here are the last five songs:

Dmitri Kabalevsky A Little Song:

Dmitri Kabalevsky Waltz:

Dmitri Shostakovich March:

Bela Bartok A Winter Tale:

Bela Bartok The Lonely Traveler:

Bach is Back

And he brought two more of his chorales with him. Do you notice how similar they sound? Of course you don’t! You haven’t listened to them yet. But when you do, you will notice that they each start in the same key: F Minor.

Here are two versions of Chorale Number 75:

Piano
Organ/Guitar

And two versions of Chorale Number 78:

Piano
Organ

Number 14

Here is the 14th song I have posted by Orlando Di Lasso. You may see his name spelled differently online, or in a book (they do still exist, I am told). Sometimes it is spelled De Lassus. But I am going with Di Lasso.

This song is called Tre Volte Haveva. The online translator tells me that it means Three Times Haveva. But I can’t seem to find out what a Haveva is. Whatever it is, there are three of them.

SLOW GUITARS
FAST DISCO
SLOW ORGAN
name that tune

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Today’s song by Orlando Di Lasso is titled Surrexit Pastor Bonus, which means The Pastor Has Risen. This version has a speed of 100 beats per minute.

Slow and Steady Organ

And here is the exact same song, but it is 140 beats per minute and there are different instruments. (You know, like always.)

Fast Guitar

If you have a spare 45 minutes, you can read all about the composer here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orlande_de_Lassus

I could bring you a new song by him every day and I wouldn’t run out of music until late 2025. That is because he wrote more than 1,000 compositions ranging from religious Masses to secular songs. I personally find his music to have a healing property to it.

“I have a photogenic memory. I always look good in my own mind.”

And here is Bach Chorale Number 65, “Deck Thyself with Joy and Gladness.” Like many of these chorales, it starts in the key of F.

A Morning Song

Song #64 in the “101 Chorales by Bach” book is hot off the press. Find a quiet place, practice your breathing exercises (in through the ear, out through the eyes) and hit Play.

Keyboards Without Drums
Keyboards With Drums
Acoustic Guitar

For all of you musicians out there, here is the sheet music:

Your Daily Dose

Here it is, fresh off the press.

Which one is Bach, and which ones are Orlando Di Lasso? (You should be an expert by now if you are a faithful reader.)

It’s the perfect music for parties and seances!

Answers: The first, second, and fourth songs are Orlando Di Lasso. It is titled “The Echo Song.” The third song is Bach Chorale Number 63. Just 38 to go…..

The Echo Song Lyrics

My word!
what a lovely echo!
let’s try it out.
Pleased to meet you!
Ha ha ha ha ha,
let’s all laugh!
Oh my fine companion?
What do you want?
I’d like you to sing
a
song
Why?
Why should I?
Why not?
Because I don’t want to.
Why don’t you want to?
Because I don’t feel like it!
Shut up I say!
You shut up,
you big fool!
Yes Sir!
Come now, no more!
Let’s go!
Goodbye good echo!
Goodbye good echo!
Peace be with you.
That’s enough,
enough,
enough!

One More Just For You

Make that two more. They were written in the 1500’s by my new favorite composer Orlando Di Lasso. I just added a little flavor to them. Each version has the same instruments, just arranged differently.

The first is titled “A Voi Guglielmo Invitto.” According to the online translator, that means “To You William Unconquered.”

And the second one is titled “O la o che bon eccho.” That translates to “The Echo Song” on translate.com. (Another translator uses the word “ecstasy” but I am going with echo because this site is G-rated.)

Fast Guitars
Slow Keyboards

If you would like to play along: https://musescore.com/user/17829001/scores/6806620

The Echo Song Lyrics (sing along, everyone!):

My word!
what a lovely echo!
let’s try it out.
Pleased to meet you!
Ha ha ha ha ha,
let’s all laugh!
Oh my fine companion?
What do you want?
I’d like you to sing
a
song
Why?
Why should I?
Why not?
Because I don’t want to.
Why don’t you want to?
Because I don’t feel like it!
Shut up I say!
You shut up,
you big fool!
Yes Sir!
Come now, no more!
Let’s go!
Goodbye good echo!
Goodbye good echo!
Peace be with you.
That’s enough,
enough,
enough!

https://lyricstranslate.com/en/o-la-o-che-boun-eccho-echo-song.html

Name That Tune

Here are three more songs, in no particular order. One of them is by Johann Sebastian Bach, and the other two are by Orlando Di Lasso. Can you tell which one is which?


While you are trying to figure out who wrote which song, check this out: https://www.hockney.com/home

(Answers to the above questions can be seen by holding this page up to a mirror:)

My Mission in Life

My new life mission is to bring as much Orlando Di Lasso music to life. At least this week.

https://www.bach-cantatas.com/Lib/Lasso-Orlando.htm

Here are the five songs I have transcribed so far. It is hard to believe they were written over 400 years ago.

The music player at the bottom of every page has most of the songs I have made in the past 2 years. But enough about me.

Matona MIa Cara
Illumina Oculos Meos
Ardant Amour Souvent Me Fait Instance
Bonjour Et puis quelles nouvelles
Je l’aime bien et l’aimerai

Here is another take:

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