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Tune Add: Orientis Partibus

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GUEST,T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird) 04 Feb 00 - 07:56 PM
GUEST,Okiemockbird 04 Feb 00 - 09:03 PM
Kernow John 05 Feb 00 - 07:49 PM
MMario 05 Feb 00 - 07:58 PM
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Subject: Tune Add: ORIENTIS PARTIBUS
From: GUEST,T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 04 Feb 00 - 07:56 PM

This is the tune that was inquired after in the "Sir Donkey ?" thread last Christmastime. It is an example of a melody in the mixolydian mode.

The melody is taken from the Episcopal Church's 1916 hymnal, but I have transposed it up a step and set it in the first rhythmic mode. These changes are based on what I know of the manuscript sources, and in effect retrofit the melody to an earlier form than appears in the 1916 hymnal. I've left off the little coda, however.

X: 1
T: Orientis Partibus
C: 13th century French, from The New Hymnal New York, 1916, transposed.
M: 3/4
K: C
L: 1/4
| G2 A | B2 G | A2 F | G2 z | d2 d | e2 c | d2 d | B2 z |
| B2 A | c2 B | A2 G | B2 z | d2 c | B2 G | A2 F | G3 ||


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Subject: Lyr Add: ORIENTIS PARTIBUS
From: GUEST,Okiemockbird
Date: 04 Feb 00 - 09:03 PM

Here are the words:

Orientis partibus
adventavit asinus
pulcher et fortissimus
sarcinis aptissimus.

Hic in collibus Sichem,
iam nutritus sub Ruben;
transiit per Iordanem
saliit in Bethlehem.

Saltu vincit hinnulos
damas et capreolos,
super dromedarios
velox Madianeos.

Ecce magnis auribus
subiugalis filius,
asinus egregius
asinorum dominus.

Aurum de Arabia
thus et myrrham de Saba
tulit in ecclesia
virtus asinaria.

Source: 13th Century French MS. Reprinted in: Edmondstoune Duncan, The Story of the Carol, London and New York, 1911, page 41.

Translation:

From the eastern regions comes a donkey, good-looking and very strong, expert at baggage-hauling.

This one was weaned in the hills of Shechem below Reuben (N.B. Shechem is in Ephraim, not Reuben). He crosses the Jordan and prances into Bethlehem.

He is faster than Medean camels. He is able to out-leap hinnies ( = anti-mules), antelopes, and roebucks.

See the excellent donkey, the big-eared kid-under-the-collar, the lord of the asses.

The donkey's strength brings into the church Gold from Arabia, incense and myrrh from Saba.

T.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Orientis Partibus
From: Kernow John
Date: 05 Feb 00 - 07:49 PM

(Okiemockbird)
Joe Offer once added a note to a song I posted saying that when someone puts in a lot of effort on something like this don't feel it goes unnoticed. Just because there are few or no comments doesn't mean it isn't appreciated it's just that on something as good as this there is very little one can say.
Regards Baz


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Orientis Partibus
From: MMario
Date: 05 Feb 00 - 07:58 PM

YES! THANK YOU! This is one I lost in my last computer crash.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Orientis Partibus
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Feb 00 - 08:04 PM

Click here for a related thread.
-Joe Offer, another appreciative soul-


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Orientis Partibus
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 05 Feb 00 - 08:04 PM

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Orientis Partibus
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 05 Feb 00 - 08:20 PM

...more modal stuff here:

UK/US Differences--Music Theory

Modes?

What does modal really mean?


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Orientis Partibus
From: GUEST,Okiemockbird
Date: 05 Feb 00 - 09:20 PM

I'm glad you all like it.

Here is a MIDI of the modernized version of the tune (in 4/4 time, in the major key with the raised 7th, rather than in triple time in the mixolydian mode).

T.


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