Risen Cathedreal, based on Debussy's "La cathédrale engloutie" (The Sunken Cathedral)




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Published on Mar 25, 2015

Risen Cathedreal, a reinterpretation of Debussy's "La cathédrale engloutie" (The Sunken Cathedral), is from Tobin Mueller's solo piano album, "Impressions of Water and Light" (2014).

Liner notes read: La cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral) was published in 1910 as the 10th prelude in Book I of Debussy's Préludes. This piece is based on an ancient Breton myth in which a cathedral, submerged underwater off the coast of the Island of Ys, rises up from the sea on clear mornings when the water is transparent. Incorporating Debussy’s melodic theme into a jazz groove made me feel like I was walking the streets of Rouen, synthesizing everything around me. I have renamed this fantasy "Risen Cathedral," imagining the cathedral already risen as I pass, my present distractions contrasted against its ancient magic (when the chordal section arrives at 2:48). Choosing one image from Monet's "The Rouen Cathedral" series proved difficult, but I settled on Morning Effect. I thought the contrast of colors best fit the music. - Tobin Mueller

I saw Frank Sinatra on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson many years ago. With an impish grin, Johnny asked him, "So, when you're entertaining a young lady in your home, do you play Sinatra (to try and seduce her), like the rest of us?" "No," Frank replied, "I put on something classy, like The Sunken Cathedral."

This recording was mixed and mastered at The Factory Underground Studio, Kenny Cash engineer.

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