Please turn to number 62 (First Tune) and join with the clarinets in “O Christ, Our King”.
Number: 62 (First Tune)
First Line: O Christ, Our King
Tempo: With breadth, slowly
Music: John Ambrose Lloyd, 1815-74
Text: St. Gregory, 540-604
Tr. Ray Palmer, 1808-87
First, I was unaware that Ray Palmer, The Atom, during one of his time travel jaunts, moolighted as a hymn translater. Well, good on hymn, and way to keep busy.
Second, well, I suppose, I am not playing this slowly. My idea, which I started with anyway, was to “Zorn” the Mother, and I first attempted playing it at 200 bpm. That proved a bit beyond me, so I slowed it down for this attempt to 100 bpm. Still, not exactly “With breadth, slowly”. But whatever. Interestingly, John Ambrose Lloyd kind of had a thing for syncopation, which makes this hymn pretty fun to play, slow or fast.
I did only play it on Soprano Clarinet. I am not quite so dexterous on the bass clarinet.
Here’s the clarinet arrangement: 062-ochristourking