Four More For The Road

The Countdown of Bach Chorales continues. You probably have noticed that the final chord is major, instead of minor, in most of these songs. When that happens it is called a “Picardy Third” because the third note on the final chord is raised a half step.

For more on that: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picardy_third

Chorale Number 27
Chorale Number 28
Chorale Number 29
Chorale Number 32

More Renaissance Music

Here is another song by Orlando Di Lasso, titled “Matona Mia Cara.” I have seen different spellings of his last name; I am going with this one.

String Version
High Octane Version
Regular Version
Over The Top Version

And here are Bach Chorale Numbers 22 and 23:

If you would like to see the sheet music:

https://musescore.com/user/28092/scores/85314

Name That Tune. I’ll give you a hint. It’s Vivaldi! (Updated 5-18-2022)


I Just Love This Song…..

Renaissance Man

150 years before Bach was even born, music known as Counterpoint was being written by a man named Orlando di Lasso. This song is called Illumina Oculos Meos, which translates to “Enlighten my eyes lest I sleep in Death.” It has just four lines of music, the only flat is B-Flat, and the only sharps are F#, C#,and G#. He manages to go through many different key changes using only those four accidentals.

Traditional Instruments
Non-Traditional Instruments

Orlando di Lasso was a Franco-Flemish composer of the late Renaissance. Along with Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina he is today considered to be the chief representative of the mature polyphonic style of the Netherlands school, and he was the most famous and influential musician in Europe at the end of the 16th century.

Compare that to this Bach Chorale:

Number 21 of 100

I love Bach’s music, but I have to admit (or do I?) that I find Counterpoint to be much more interesting than a chorale. Maybe that is because Chorales were written so that just regular people could sing them in church. What’s that? I’m preaching to the choir, you say?

If you are interested in learning more about the rules of counterpoint, check this out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterpoint#First_species

Orlando di Lasso was born in Mons in the province of Hainaut, in what is today Belgium. Information about his early years is minimal, although some uncorroborated stories have survived, the most famous of which is that he was kidnapped three times because of the singular beauty of his singing voice. At the age of 12 he left the Low Countries with Ferrante Gonzaga and went to Mantua, Sicily, and later Milan (from 1547 to 1549). While in Milan he made the acquaintance of the madrigalist Hoste da Reggio, an influence which was formative on his early musical style. According to the dates listed below, this song would be considered a Renaissance Music composition.

Musical Periods: The History of Classical Music

  • Medieval (1150 – 1400)
  • Renaissance (1400 – 1600)
  • Baroque (1600 – 1750)
  • Classical (1750 – 1820)
  • Romantic (1820 – 1900)

    Here is a painting that is around the same age as this music (not scary at all….):
Dante Alighieri by Domenico di Michelino.

For more on the Renaissance Composer: https://bach-cantatas.com/Lib/Lasso-Orlando.htm

For more on the Renaissance Artist: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_di_Michelino

The Hits Are Back

3/4 Time

And here are some thoughts I thought worth sharing:
– Did you know that before I became a vegetarian I was in “Burgers and Acquisitions?”
– Do you like ambience? Take an ambien.
– I am a guitar player, which means I often fret.
– Even thugs sometimes need hugs.

– Nipples always come in pairs. You can’t have one without the udder.

How Original

Here is another song for you
To make you happy if you’re blue
It’s quite laid back and very mellow
And the opposite of blue is yellow

It is an original 12-bar blues that I am sure you have never heard before.

Effects Gone Wild

And here are two more Bach Chorales. Only 88 more to go….

Ahoy, Mateys

Today seems like a good day for a song about the ocean. It reminds me of the people I knew in the Navy, before we all drifted apart.

How about a 300 year old Bach Chorale to start us off?

I took this melody:

And added some chords:

Moon River…..

Bonus Tracks:

And don’t forget, all 100 Classical Songs can be played in the music player at the bottom of every page on this site, along with some other “creations.”

And Now For Something Completely Different

Here are some chorales by Bach
They aren’t quiet, they almost rock
Each song has horns, and trumpets too
It will cheer you up if you are blue

I made some changes to it yesterday
Instead of going out to play
It’s too hot out there anyway
I wish that it would rain today

WITH DRUMS
NO DRUMS

One More Time

Continuing along with our study of early 70’s music, here is one I’m sure you’ve heard before. This took a long time for me to transcribe into mp3 format because the sheet music was wrong in a few sections. It turned out to be a great learning experience because I was able to figure out what the wrong notes were, and changed them accordingly.


Name That Tune

If you were around in the 1970’s you might remember that this song was played non-stop on the radio. Back in those days we had four ways to listen to music: A Turntable, an AM/FM Radio, an 8-track player, or a cassette player.

This song got lots of airplay back then. Like so many songs by Chicago, this one always uplifts me. Turn it up, real loud!




The Chorale List is Growing

I’ve been making music all day long
My back feels like I’m sitting wrong
The song is mellow, it doesn’t rock
And that’s because it was written by Bach

It’s actually several Chorales put together. How many, you ask? You will have to listen and find out.

A chorale is metrical hymn tune associated in common English usage with the Lutheran church in Germany. From early in the Reformation, chorales were to be sung by the congregation during the Protestant liturgy. Unison singing (everyone singing the same note) was the rule of the reformed churches, both in Germany and in other countries. Early polyphonic (multivoiced) versions may have been intended for a choir singing only the melody while the full version was played on the organ.

My Dog Sparky
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