Please open your hymnals to number 17 (First Tune) and join with the clarinets in singing “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”.
Name: DIVINUM MYSTERIUM. (Corde Natus Ex Parentis)
Meter: 8 7, 8 7, 8 7 7.
Unison, in moderate time
Music: XIII cent. Plainsong, Mode V,
Arranged by Winfred Douglas, 1867-1944
Text: Aurelius Prudentius, 348-413
Tr. St. 1-4, John Mason Neale, 1818-66
Tr. St. 5, Henry Williams Baker, 1821-77
Oof, the oldest ones are always the biggest pains to arrange, but they are often my favorites.
I didn’t add the Bass Clarinet this time, stuck with the Soprano Clarinet on all parts.
I have sung this song, I don’t know how many times, and I don’t think I’ve ever bothered to really learn the actual rhythms accurately. Always sloppy caroling. Interesting to look at it with fresh eyes.
The band I’m in practices in the East Bay. After a couple horrible driving experiences, I’ve decided to take BART. One of my East Bay living fellow band mates usually picks me up at Ashby BART station on their way to practice.
Sometimes I get there early, or my bandmate is late, leaving me with some time to kill.
Exploring the station, I’ve discovered that there is a spiffy reverb filled underpass on the East side of the station.
Working up my courage, I’ve started playing my clarinet in the underpass.
I had a pleasant interaction with a blind woman towards the end of this video.
Next I need to figure out some way to record my hymns in the underpass. The natural reverb of the underpass is far superior to the electronic processing.
This is an AABA form, with the exact same notes in 3 of the 4 lines.
The Alto, Tenor, and Bass parts were not very exciting, so I thought I would either play it really slow or really fast.
I took the Hymn at 120, which is quite a bit faster than the usual 80 or 90, I use for hymns. Definitely has a bit of a folk music feel.
After playing through the melody a couple times, I played it even faster and some rhythmic improvisation on the bass line let me to an upbeat Sonny Rollins kind of and some rhythms that are a little beyond my ability to write out exactly. And maybe accurately execute accurately. Still kind of fun to take some liberties with the hymns.