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The Cook's Estampie


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VicDiesel

 Genre: Renaissance

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Antone the cook shakes his spice cans to the rhythm of the music that vaguely comes through the kitchen walls. Pepper, shake, shake; salt; shake, shake; rosemary; skake; thyme, shake; pepper, shake,..... Wait. Did I already do that one?

This is an estampie, which is a very interesting form of improvisation. You play an improvised line, followed by the so-called "open ending", then the same (!!!) improvised line, followed by the closed ending. Then you improvise another line, et cetera. Since repeating an improvisation is a little hard, the way estampies typically go, the next improvisation builds on the previous. That's how it goes here, except that the cook confuses them ever so slightly. Oh, and this particular estampie is not improvised on the spot. It involves a little planning.

This is another movement in my Courtly Suite which I'm now close to finishing.
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Uploaded: Apr 19, 2011 - 07:55:05 PM
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 08:47:37 AM Last Played: Mar 12, 2017 - 10:40:19 PM
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mfwmiles said 2230 days ago (April 19th, 2011)
nice one!!!
great arrangement, sounds like i am in king Aurthur's court...i love the tambourine...and the percussion. well done!!!
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CounterHarmony said 2230 days ago (April 19th, 2011)
Awesome
I love stuff like this...It transports me to a different time. Great flute playing, I enjoyed it a lot.
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RAVENS said 2230 days ago (April 19th, 2011)
Festive
Yes, you peppered twice ;-)

This is probably my fave from you thus far. Certainly reminds me of the Renaissance era. Wonderfully done, sir.

RAVEN ;-)
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jibes said 2230 days ago (April 19th, 2011)
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Very well done. Not my cup 'o tea but still, a great job!
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scofugate said 2230 days ago (April 19th, 2011)
A stroll
through Florence in the 16th century. I really like the change in the mood on this one...
Your playing is wonderful.
The tambourine has a delightful jingle as well!
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VicDiesel said 2230 days ago (April 19th, 2011)
Tambourine
You know, some people mess about with percussion libraries, but really, a tambourine costs 10 bucks and everyone can shake one, and it will sound more alive than the best samples. Plus it's fun!
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sammydix said 2230 days ago (April 19th, 2011)
VIc
Now that's how to do it. nice n full w/just the right amount of sparceness.
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johnwhitehead said 2230 days ago (April 20th, 2011)
Cook's
Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1399! Well written, played, arranged and produced. I like the the way the tune develops. You definitely put some effort into this and it shows. Very infectious chorus.
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alackbass said 2230 days ago (April 20th, 2011)
The Cook's Estampie
Well written, performed, and recorded! I really like the percussion. The percussion really fills out the sound and your choice of percussion instruments really helps nail down an authentic renaissance sound.
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RochaMalhada said 2230 days ago (April 20th, 2011)
a little hard?
This is improv all the way? Sheesh - your measure of active brain cells to keep on track like this is, well amazing to me.

Very nice piece of work, Victor.

. - Harold
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VicDiesel said 2230 days ago (April 20th, 2011)
Not quite
This is a combination of improvisation and planning. Improvise a bit, write it out, improve some more.....
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Daugrin said 2230 days ago (April 20th, 2011)
Thank You!
Creative and fun! Great production as well. Postin' your material is a gift and I thank you.

Daug
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davisamerica said 2230 days ago (April 20th, 2011)
a little more
pepper is ok .... lovely track Victor. And ... I too love the percussion in this. A little of the right thing goes a long way.
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SISTERS said 2230 days ago (April 20th, 2011)
works a treat
i gotta say - that was fairly fascinating. what's making the rattling percussion noise? delightful mood, Vic, and truly different from anything i've heard of late. i enjoyed your cool exercise - anne
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drakonis said 2230 days ago (April 20th, 2011)
shake that timbre-ine
Lovely timbre on the recorder, not shrill, but it stands out proudly. Great percussion, perfectly recorded to my ear. At first I got caught up in noticing a seemingly missing beat, and wondering where it went I tried counting out the cool time signature here, but got completely lost... probably because the enchanting melody kept making me daydream and lose track. This is very nicely improformed.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Feter said 2229 days ago (April 20th, 2011)
The Cook's Estampie
How wonderful ...I always impressed by the selection of pieces you chose to record and this is one of the best ...fine fine playing ...kudos !!
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Char said 2229 days ago (April 20th, 2011)
Thank you
for the lesson, Vic. If I'm ever on Jeopardy and this comes up, I'll have you to thank. People danced to this, yes? You had some fun with the tambourine. Thanks.
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neilh79 said 2229 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Cooks Estampie
Nice tune vic, very folky, very nice job well played
Parichayaka said 2229 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
absolutely lovely
Such a joy to listen to this. Give my day a whole different pace, and I like it! The main melody is catchy and the variations are creative and interesting. Seems like every meal from your kitchen tastes just right.
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PeterB7858 said 2228 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
A Renaissance renaissance?
A Renaissance renaissance? Really liked this offering, Vic. The combination of recorder and simple percussion is a winner. Sounded great through my headphones. Thanks for the posting. Regards, Peter.
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Skunkwrx said 2228 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Cookin'
Nice piece. Interesting to hear about the improv structure that went into making it. I agree about your tambourine comment. I've had the same one for 30 years and it's still going strong. I think I found it in the garbage in Kansas City. Beautiful piece and a nice bit of variety from the usual MJ fare.
Skunky
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papag said 2227 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
melodies around melodies
This was fun to listen to and ended my day nicely. The mix is fantastic to my ears

thanks for the download :)
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Jarvoid said 2227 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Very nice indeedy...
what Spike Milligan would have called "A well written and rehearsed ad lib"I have considered a tambourine before now and this makes me even more keen to invest in one........then whoneeds drumbo machines?

Jarvoid
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PockBluesman said 2225 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Got to agree
Although I love the flute it's the percussion that puts you right in the middle of the courtyard.
Great arrangement enjoyed
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Honza said 2223 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Very tasteful
The joy and playfulnes of this really creates an ambience of some old King's kitchen rush. I wish I could get some more meal from this kitchen ... every time I hear renaissance music I start to feel like being enchanted and moving into some fairy tale dream. What you do here is really very uplifting and pleasant to listen. Great job!
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oldlibmike said 2222 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Love it!
Wow..makes me want to dig up my old Hohner soprano recorder! At one time my family had a set fro sopranino to tenor. Long gone i'm afraid. You get a very nice sound from a very finicky instrument. I will check out the others.
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Ibstrat said 2220 days ago (April 29th, 2011)
This
is great playing Vic- I've loved this kind of music ever since I heard Bream playing Dowland years ago.Fantastic.
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mvh9591 said 2214 days ago (May 5th, 2011)
Nice___
A pleasant musical break I needed. Nice arpeggios and technique. great job Vic

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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davidsmith99 said 1372 days ago (August 24th, 2013)
what a find...
For the millions of pages on the net, I find I can spend plenty of time just surfing this site! And I found this gem. Well done, and completely authentic, and I learned something too.

p.s. I have a couple of tambourines, but surprised they're not as easy to play as I would have thought (maybe it's just me :) ).
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