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Aruarian Dance
by Nujabes (Samurai Champloo)

Here's what someone on Reddit wrote up about "Aruarian Dance":

"Aruarian Dance is one of the most well known Nujabes tunes, but the inspiration for it's haunting melody stretches back over a century.
We start in France in 1899. Under the instruction of Gabriel Fauré, impressionist composer Maurice Ravel (who is still a student at the time) writes Pavane for a Dead Princess. The bit of melody first appears at 0:40, but I recommend giving the whole piece a listen. In this early version we can already hear the longing in the melody, and the incredible beauty that future versions would try to emulate.
Nearly 40 years later, a pop song using fragments of melody from Pavane is written by Peter DeRose and Bert Shefter, with lyrics by Mitchell Parish. It's name: The Lamp is Low, made famous by Mildred Baily. It garnered quite a bit of attention in 1939, prompting several other big bands of the era to record their own covers. As a side note, the tiny wikipedia page for this song is the only thing connecting Aruarian Dance to it's original source material. For confirmation that this song was directly inspired by Pavane, the clarinet solo at 1:44 is a direct quote of the main melody.
Finally now we get to 1969, a full 70 years after Pavane was conceived. Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida records his cover of the 1939 Mildred Baily hit, and we now finally have the recording that Nujabes would sample. The Almeida cover is a distinctly Brazilian cover, incorporating several elements of Samba and Bossa Nova, which were two fast growing styles in the US at the time. This version also harkens back to the original with it's soaring countermelodies and lush orchestration. It stands on its own as a beautiful piece.
Finally, 105 years after Maurice Ravel wrote Pavane for a Dead Princess in the Conservatoire de Paris, Nujabes samples Laurindo Almeida's cover of a Mildred Baily tune to create Aruarian Dance.
I'll be honest, I was not expecting the origin of this song to be so complicated. It links some of my favorite artists and genres across more than a century, and really shows how music is a collaborative process. No one person can claim credit for this piece. It took four versions and at least 6 different writers before we could have what is definitively a Nujabes tune."
2004 - Japan - from the soundtrack to Samurai Champloo
Posted: 11th March 2017
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