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Bourée/Beret (Bach's Bourée in E Minor)



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"Well-Aged Bourée/Youthful Beret (variations in 2 parts)" is the full title of this piece, based on Bach's Bourée in E minor, the fifth movement from Suite in E minor for Lute, BWV 996. This piece is perhaps the most famous piece among guitarists, although I first heard it played on flute by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. My arrangement is in two sections. The first invokes the color of wine, blending Jazz, Blues, Impressionism and New Age (in the style of several of my arrangements from Impressions of Water & Light). The second section is brighter, more youthful at the outset, traveling through additional genre variations (the second of which steals a bit from Jethro Tull, as an homage). It gently morphs back into a well-aged sentimentality. I hope my play on words (bourée/beret) does not offend, but I played the piece wearing my beret and just had to put it in the title, somehow.

Bourée/Beret is the 2nd track on my latest solo piano album, "FLOW: The Music of J.S. Bach and Tobin Mueller", a 2-CD box set where I adapt and arrange my favorite Bach on Disc 1, then play a series of original variations on my own compositions, in the spirit of The Goldberg Variations, on Disc 2.

Other tracks from this album shared on Macjams:

Here are tracks from "Suite: Flow":
Momentary Undertow (second movement)
Salmon Ladder Variations (fourth movement)

Plus: from "The New England Suite":
River Ice (Winter)
Lighthouse (Spring)

And from Disc 1, Tobin plays Bach:
Reinvention #13

"Flow" has been added to Fanfare Magazine's "Not-to-be-missed 2015 Want List", favorite 2015 albums chosen by it's in-house music critics. I'm really excited about that!

Please check out other pieces from this album, as well as thoughts, history and notes:
Tobin's "Flow" project page on Tobin's website
"Flow" on CDBaby (where you can buy the CD Box Set
"Flow" is also on iTunes. Simply search "Tobin Mueller" via iTunes, or google "Tobin Mueller music"
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Dadai.2 said 1449 days ago (September 4th, 2015)
I really liked this...
... a lot.

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TobinMueller said 1441 days ago (September 12th, 2015)
...a lot
Thanks, Jack. Much appreciated.
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Warren Smith said 1445 days ago (September 8th, 2015)
U R what U wear
Does what we wear affect how we play? Maybe. I don't think I have ever donned a beret in my life .. so I don't know how powerful of an influence it might be : )

Well, for that matter, I've never held a lute either.

The tone of the first part seems subdued and reflective .. even as the delicate flourishes ripple in the introspective flow. At times it's almost like you are lost in your thoughts.

But then .. enough of that .. let's dance!

Until the energy gives way and the pensive thoughts re-establish themselves. I think this makes it a very adult piece of playing .. not necessarily fun .. but certainly rewarding.
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TobinMueller said 1441 days ago (September 12th, 2015)
What we wear
I have a collection of both hats and rings. I tell people they both affect not only what style I consider before playing, but the mood and turns of emotions. But I am easily influence by the superficial. :-)

I rarely escape "introspective flow" even when trying to play a happy tune. Lately, is is sometimes because my hands hurt so by the middle of a piece I need to adjust what I can play, but mostly it is because I cannot escape the tug of ghosts and sense of nostalgia certain notes reawaken.

"Adult fun" sounds like a good category for this! Maybe MJ can add it to the list!
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MarkHolbrook said 1444 days ago (September 9th, 2015)
Very emotive piano!
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TobinMueller said 1441 days ago (September 12th, 2015)
Thanks, Mark.
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Jarvoid said 1443 days ago (September 10th, 2015)
Ah, yes ....
puts me in mind of Jacques Loussier...splendid listen..great playing .....

I want a proper piano now...I'd only waste it though...lol


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TobinMueller said 1441 days ago (September 12th, 2015)
Jacques Loussier
I thank Jacques Loussier in my liner notes. His band is astounding and he is a treasure. I encourage everyone to look him up on YouTube and listen to his interpretations. I do think this is the most like him of the arrangements on my album. But he goes so much farther, as well. A true artist.
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PeterB7858 said 1442 days ago (September 12th, 2015)
I really like how your left and right hands work so well together here, Tobin. The subtle pauses and dynamic nuances add so much. It sounds wonderful. Solo piano can be so expressive and satisfying when it is played well. And this certainly is. Thanks, Peter.
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TobinMueller said 1441 days ago (September 12th, 2015)
Left hand not knowing what the right...
I try to keep my left hand in my consciousness while I let my right hand play by itself. That way, one can surprise the other, especially during the writing portion of pre-production. Then, I play with my right hand and my left hand sets up certain phrases or provides context for what is happening, or going to happen. On a few pieces, they play together as a unit all the way thru, but usually I don't like to think of it that way. One of them needs to have a mind of its own. Then I can pretend I'm playing a duet. More fun that way!
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