[DWJ] Fwd: Re: Tune of "Angel of Caprona"

Kyra Jucovy arykiy at gmail.com
Thu Jul 13 07:53:02 EDT 2017

Well, Philip, great minds think alike, right?  ;-)



On Thu, Jul 13, 2017, 10:17 Philip Belben <philip at axeside.co.uk> wrote:

> Reading my e-mail this morning, I was wondering why Kyra was saying so
> many of the things I said yesterday.  It turns out I'd managed to send
> my two replies to the original senders, not the list.
> Here's the first.  The boot is now on the other foot - for most of you,
> it will look as though I'm repeating what Kyra just said...
> Philip.
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] Tune of "Angel of Caprona"
> Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:48:13 +0100
> From: Philip Belben <philip at axeside.co.uk>
> To: Thomas Thurman <thomas at thurman.org.uk>
> On 12/07/2017 09:23, Thomas Thurman wrote:
> > Do any of you have a mental tune for the "Angel of Caprona"?
> Not only a mental tune - I have written one, and I sent it to DWJ for
> her seventieth birthday.
> > When I first read TMOC, in primary school, I thought of it
> > as fitting the tune of "Jesus, good above all other",
> > which we sometimes sang in assembly. I found out today that
> > that tune was written to fit a Latin hymn:
> >
> > Quem pastores laudavere,
> > Quibus angeli dixere:
> > Absit vobis iam timere,
> > Natus est rex gloriae.
> Yes, that is a good fit, although interestingly it doesn't fit the words
> one of the Montana kids made up - ostensibly to fit the same tune - for
> the kitchen spell.  There are one or two other hymns with tunes of that
> metre - "Like a mighty river flowing" is the first that springs to mind.
> As far as I know, DWJ did not have a tune in mind.  The story of a tune
> in search of words came, I think, from her having heard "Vltava" from
> Smetana's "Ma Vlast"; when the big tune came in, she thought "That tune
> really ought to have some words!"  This is commemorated in the book by
> her naming the river at Caprona "Voltava".  However, the Angel words
> don't remotely fit.
> The tune I wrote (I am away from home atm, but I'll try and scan it when
> I get home) I later realised was influenced by the "French mountain
> song" used by D'Indy in his Symfonie CĂ©venole.
> Philip.
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