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Simple intro/outro music, to accompany a video of sheep being sheared out on a small farm in Descanso, California, April, 2009. I took the old children's song "Bah bah, black sheep, have you any wool..." and rewrote it as a simple canon for piano, clarinet, flute, and celesta... giving it a baroque air... and decided to call it "Bach Bach Black Sheep". This second version of the music is ever-so-slightly embellished from the original music in the video. I hope you enjoy this, and more importantly, the video!

After the annual shearing, the raw wool is collected in bags, and if the quality is good enough, it is washed and dyed and spun into wool, for making socks, sweaters, etc. One small fleece can probably make about 10 pairs of socks, or one sweater.

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Uploaded: Jun 02, 2009 - 01:33:07 AM
Last Updated: Jun 02, 2009 - 01:38:04 AM Last Played: Mar 25, 2017 - 01:53:42 AM
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Mac Pro, Canon GL2 videocamera
Software:
Harmony Assistant (note-by-note scoring), GarageBand 4, Final Cut Express
Comments
Char said 3097 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Fleece leave a
comment, one and all. Sock it to him. Thanks, Draki.
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Feter said 3097 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Bach Bach Black Sheep
this is lovely ...very nice ...arrangement ...sure I enjoyed the video
and still giving some bias opinion over this ..which is a good one for
sure ..I love how you control these instruments which sounds simple but
no its not ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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paul f. page said 3097 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Bach would be proud...
This is cute...and gentle...Enjoyed listening early in the morning. I'm sure the sheep enjoyed it, too.
Peace.
Paul
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MarkHolbrook said 3097 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
You have a way
with sheep and notes my friend! :)
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Roxylee said 3097 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Every note just right
Eduard, you fine tune tune so well. Every note well placed, reverb and all, just skilled at making this tune shine. The video was fun to watch, too.:-)
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magnatone said 3097 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
BAH BAH
do sheep LIKE being sheered? This is really sweet Eduard - and i thoroughly enjoyed the video too!
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Daugrin said 3097 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Woof.
Daug approved recycling. A little music box for the shearing. I wonder what the sheep hear...

Daugrin
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diamondvalley said 3097 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Sweet!
Thanks for the post.
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composerclark said 3097 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Baaadass Canon!
Very sweet; never baaanal, or baaaaaaaaaaaaaafling. Sheep shearing is a lot of fun. I always include it as one of the festivities in the riotous baaaacchanaaaaaaaalia I put on every weekend at my raaaaaaaaanch. Or, more precisely, if I had a ranch, and if I drank, then for sure I would have sheep-sheering parties on a regular basis. For sure.

Well, okay, maybe not... But cool video and nice music!

PS: Did you consider working in the tune to "My Dog Has Fleece" somewhere in your canon? Perhaps in augmentation, possibly in sub-audio frequencies?
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mike_d said 3097 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Shorn'uff
Very nice rendition of a classic! Very interesting video, too. I enjoyed watching it!

It's kind of like "beauty parlor day" for the sheep- they get their hair and nails done :P
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jgurner said 3097 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
As soon as the video started...
...I began counting the sheep and immediately fell asleep. :)

The music is delightful and works so well with the video. And the way the guy shears the sheep, I think he might be my barber...

Ah, more sheep. One sheep, two sheep, three.... sheep.... zzzzzzzzzzz....
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Boundless said 3096 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Lovely rendition
Of a lovely classic tune. Shear joy !

:-)

Although, well, better to
not ask the sheep !

Thanks Édouard !
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Jarvoid said 3096 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Right
now let me get this straight, you have a simple cannon from which you can fire a piano,a clarinet,a flute,and somebody called Celeste. Then you ask a sheep to do some BaahRock and then you film it all.Well it's shear lunacy and you say that I am baaching mad.Good tune tho'.
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gail60 said 3096 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
clever dragon
You are Always so creative and successful!! Another cool job by my absolute favorite Dragon! Enjoyed this and the video. Thanks for sharing it with us!
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kassia said 3096 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
bach bach
very very cute cute. this is a sweet arrangement and nicely orchestrated. and it was perfect for the movie. you are GOOD at this stuff!
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Alannah said 3096 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
the sheep ....
.. shall be happy having their sweaters removed for the hot summer months and they get a lullabye to boot! Good stuff dragon !
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Moviz said 3095 days ago (June 3rd, 2009)
Perfect
Nursery music for children playing their games to, or lulling them into their afternoon nap, regards M
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PockBluesman said 3094 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
Nice one
I love playing childrens songs and thanks for the comments and advice. I've just done A lullaby for my neice would appreciate your view. Cheer Drak
All the best Pock
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michael2 said 3094 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
beautiful
love this, works great as a canon. how many kids songs use this melody (twinkle twinkle, the abc song, brown bear ). great. my daughter will love
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Ibstrat said 3094 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Nicely
orchestrated- very well done.I like the use of the "Bach" as a pun. I'll have to do that sometime!
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Ren-Tin-10 said 3093 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Bach Invention Invention?
All of Bach's tunes provide a rich soundscape for improvisation, but this is the most creative use of one I've heard yet!

Fav'd.

Cheers,
Jim
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Doug Somers said 3093 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Canonical inventiveness
You're one baaadass composer. I think you should take this on the road to Baaaach's homeland with a small ensemble. Maybe tour Baaaaaaaden Baaaaaaden and Baaaaaaaad Rapenau and of course the entire land of Baaaaaaaavaria.

And was that your signature clarinet I heard in there?

Well, as the Terminator said,
I'll be baaaaaaach.

TTFN, and good show! :o)
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alan_ said 3093 days ago (June 6th, 2009)
Bach Bach Black Sheep
Loved what you did with this children's favorite. I especially am in awe of the video. This whole production is a 10+

Alan
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yamenyamani said 3092 days ago (June 6th, 2009)
ok
nice man............go 4 it
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caroline said 3092 days ago (June 7th, 2009)
shear joy!
i wooly, wooly like this - thank you sir dragon xoxo
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davisamerica said 3090 days ago (June 8th, 2009)
so no kidding
i thought they had zippers ... Enjoyed this one my friend ... but ... umm some of them come equipped with zippers right ?
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bud said 3090 days ago (June 8th, 2009)
Not sure - but I think
I hear some clipping. Fun track and vid.
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michaeljayklein said 3084 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Loved it!
Having played Bach many an hour on the piano, needless to add, I truly enjoyed this. A charming and rewarding piece--thanks again! Michael
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Macaudion said 3073 days ago (June 25th, 2009)
Awww how pertty...
You can hear the softness of the wool which probably isn't soft yet... Now did you happen to send a copy of this to the sheep terrerist? I don't care how many times this is done too them, I don't see that the sheep feel as though this is a picnic, but I might be projecting! If somebody came at my nappy little nest like that, I'd probably grow bigger teeth! Guess I don't need to worry... Is that sheep doo I'm smelling?... It's like you're right there! Interesting! Never seen this happen before. I also didn't know what a celesta was or, what one sounded like before now, Eduard! Very edumacational! I always, ALWAYS learn something when I visit you! Thank you! That's a good thing! Nicely arranged/produced/performed piece of music AND video, too! Impressive! Very sweet and PRO sound! Thank you, Sir! Now, if you'd just stop snubbing me, we'd be more gooder... ; ) Dion
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dbaymon34 said 3072 days ago (June 26th, 2009)
Vibe
Love classical vibe
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SISTERS said 3069 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
well done!
i loved the effective simplicity of this - the dovetailing parts and pieces fit together in a most pleasing puzzle.
nice job!
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Calchas said 3062 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
The sheep don't seem...
...to mind at all. Ha ha...

Like Paul said: "cute...and gentle."

Well done Eduard.

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Chimalus said 3062 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
Heee!!
So good! I am laughing because of how cute this is. Great attention on replicating the acoustics of a concert hall (or some kind of room – I'm not experienced enough to know exactly what kind of room, but I know it sounds like some kind of big room).
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WharmtonRise said 3052 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
T'was fun
Just to keep playing the tune while the video was running.

Lovely production Eduard.
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Confounded said 3046 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
Good remix
gave me of course a calmer feeling than the original version, nicely done, thanks for sharing.
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sloparts said 3041 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
Interesting vid Eduard
Love the simple little tune you did for this, Baa Baa Black sheep" with class.

I liked watching this video too, never been to a sheep shearing before so I was entertained and informed. hanks for posting this one my friend,

Ed
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debmac said 3041 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
reminds me of our
childhood sheep shearing days....only I enjoyed your music and video much more than our ba-hing sheep! As a child I found myself running away as I thought the sheep were being hurt...funny now as and adult I looked away thinking the same thing!! Thanks for bringing a bit of the farm days back for me, great place to grow up.... Your talent and perfection of the production is truly a classic childhood tune complimenting and adult occupation! very well done..excellent I might say...
thanks for sharing your gifts Eduard, I will check out more of your creations...

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Mike_Lynn said 3022 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
Cute
This is a cute children piece based on 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" I presume. Unfortunately my son, at 13 is a bit too old for that. Warm regards / Mike
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chestnut said 3021 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
Bach...
Well done! I love baroque and never heard it done like this before! Incidentally, the price of wool is so low here that some folk have to pay the shearer to take it away!
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ramonaji said 3010 days ago (August 27th, 2009)
lovely work!
aw.... now the video!
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JayLCiazz said 3008 days ago (August 29th, 2009)
first heard the song then the video
Sheep Shearing day? Something I'm not familiar with....interesting to see.. Love the childrens song and the educational/funny video that goes a long with it :)
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mr_mordenus said 3006 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
Feel Like
I'm back in Kindergarten, sitting on my little mat and listening to Mrs. Thordersson play the piano while we sang songs. Man, those were good times.

Sweet, gentle and effortlessly elegant. From such forgotten memories are jewels found to delight us in ordinary days....
Martin_Leroy said 2992 days ago (September 14th, 2009)
Wonderful
Sounds like it came straight off of a PBS kids show. Very nicely done.
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VillageIdiot said 2991 days ago (September 15th, 2009)
Shear delight
I'm really sorry about that pun. But this is lovely. This creating the video AND the sountrack thing is very impressive too.
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blindsidedpoets said 2990 days ago (September 17th, 2009)
Bach Bach Black Sheep
"and rewrote it as a simple canon for piano, clarinet, flute, and celesta"...
That's like saying I took this here tin can and made it into a simple food processor. Well done!
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rustykangaroo said 2990 days ago (September 17th, 2009)
very cute and charming!! love it!
this is so fitting for the video. i know these guys were thrilled with what you produced. it's very charming!! great job drak!! it reminds me of Mr. Roger's music!! that's stirring up nostalgia from 30 years ago!! ha, ha!!
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Narad said 2987 days ago (September 20th, 2009)
Lovely tune
Sounds like a lullaby, very nice and soothing. Bach Bach white sleep ! :)
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Grifion said 2979 days ago (September 27th, 2009)
Gratz
Hey dude. Nice song. Really cool. ^^
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ShadowofNine said 2971 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Delightful
Like a children's piece, gentle and serene enjoyed muchly
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DeputyDoofy said 2872 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
Nice.
My son would be singing "Twinkle Twinkle E-F-G" or whatever mix he might sing. He goes back and forth. I THINK he might finally be making the connection they are the same song. lol
Nice rendition. :)
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alackbass said 2841 days ago (February 13th, 2010)
Well Done!
It amazes me how much great musical content one can find in these simple children's songs. Your choice of instruments is perfect. The winds are especially nice.
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Songwriterz said 1954 days ago (July 18th, 2012)
So sweet :)
So sweet and lovable - much enjoyed :) Love Heidi
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