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Tusen Tankar

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A swedish folk song, arrangement by me for recorder quartet.

I apologize for the myriad recording booboos. Note to self: do not experiment with more than two things at the same time. But this was just a scratchpad for seeing what the written score sounded like.
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Tusen Tankar is a traditional Scandinavian folk song, which recounts a timeless, mournful tale of unrequited love. The English translation of the lyrics reads:

A thousand thoughts oppress me

For love of one who can't be mine.

As through the world I ramble,

All I can do is pine.

All I can feel is the pain I bear

And it's all for you, my dear.

Mankind's false heart betrayed me

And left me in despair.

If I had never seen you,

Your hands, your face, your clear blue eyes,

If I had never been there

The first time you walked by,

I might have spent my days in joy.

I might be content and free.

The day will never dawn now

When sorrow leaves me be.

The pretty flowers of summer

I see them everywhere I go,

But death is all I long for,

Since your love I'll never know.

And if my fate's to die for you,

To you I'll leave my pain,

For never while I'm living

Will I be free again.
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Doug Somers said 2302 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
Definitely a mournful tune, not grim but full of loss. The long held notes in the lower pitched recorders almost act as a drone or continuo and act as a good contrast to the melody. I also like the counterpoint you have going on starting in the middle of the song. Nice arrangement Vic! (and well played too).
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Vic Holman said 2302 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
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the 4 part harmony is great. each part stands out nicely. i thought it was a pretty nice piece
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2302 days ago (July 2nd, 2013)
tusen tankar
authentic stuff. paints a nice mental image for me.
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Moviz said 2302 days ago (July 2nd, 2013)
I think
we've all felt that despair at some time, especially when young and it seems so unfair that life goes on happily around us ignoring our sadness. You do play these instruments with a real dedication as to how they were and should be played..... cheers M
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Llarion said 2302 days ago (July 2nd, 2013)
How tender...
Screw what you think are booboos, I think you created a very live, and very emotional presentation. The imagery is great, and the authentic and mournful stance is evident with every note. Very well done indeed!
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Philip18 said 2300 days ago (July 3rd, 2013)
Tusen Tankar
The tone of, and the interplay between, the flutes suggests the pathos in the lyrics. It will be interesting to hear further versions of this.
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paul f. page said 2300 days ago (July 4th, 2013)
What a simple and lovely duet. I have derived such peace from listening to this beautiful song. It is no wonder that the recorder (and flutes in general) have enjoyed so many thousands of years of life: the breath it takes to play them are such natural extensions of our own breathing. Thank you for this very lovely recording.
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bud said 2299 days ago (July 5th, 2013)
I'm a fan of experimentation
and reaching for something beyond - have no problem with anything here - quite the contrary - great mood and expressive playing - wonderful piece full of heart and soul
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VicDiesel said 2299 days ago (July 5th, 2013)
That "experimentation" refered to my recording equipment. I was trying something out which turned out to introduce lots of noise in the recording. I did my best to filter it away with software, but was not entirely successful. The tune is otherwise very traditional. I think this uncomplicated feel gives it a great deal of truth.
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MartinD28 said 2298 days ago (July 6th, 2013)
Tusen Tankar
Beautiful piece. Nice harmony and tenderly played. I like the arrangement and look forward to the finished product!
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echoroom said 2297 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
this is a real melancholy little piece, beautifully played. Be interested to hear the vocal to this.
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woofer3 said 2296 days ago (July 8th, 2013)
Tusen Tankar
A bit highbrow for a working class laddie like me -'cor blimey' - but nevertheless I enjoyed it very much, it has a strong melody, good harmony, and above all is listener friendly.
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In past lives, VicDiesel was a country fiddler, a shawm player at the Burgundy court, bellows pumper for JS Bach, Geoff Emerick's factotum, and a beggar playing drums in the streets of Calcutta for alms. Unusually, the memories of all that co... [see more]

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