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CLASSICAL "A good melody will work with my Quartet or will work with a symphony orchestra." —Dave Brubeck E KEY OF JAZZ When he was a boy, Dave Brubeck's mother taught piano lessons in their home, exposing him to classical music at an early age. He worked on his own classical pieces while he pursued his jazz career, but touring and other projects kept him from fully developing them until the Quartet disbanded in 1967. At that time, Brubeck wanted to devote more time to his family and composing classical music. Brubeck wrote his first published composition, "Lullaby," in 1942. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he began to write more original pieces for his group. He also wrote the musical The Real Ambassadors for Louis Armstrong, a ballet, Points on Jazz, for the American Ballet Theatre, and his first orchestral piece, Elemental. In 1968, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra premiered and recorded his first major work, the oratorio The Light in the Wilderness. }g should be done musically to strengthen man's knowledge of Cod." —Dave Brubeck Both Dave and lola Brubeck studied the Bible in college, and they continued to reflect upon its messages and meaning in their everyday life. He expresses his faith in his classical work. The Light in the Wilderness was his response to the horrors of World War II and a challenge to "love your enemies." To honor the visit of Pope John Paul II to the United States in 1987, Brubeck wrote Upon This Rock. It was performed at the Papal Mass in San Francisco. The Commandments, a choral work that premiered in New York City in 2005, also grew out of his war experience, but its broader themes encompass the Bible and Earth's very survival. Brubeck has contributed over thirty hymns, Psalm settings, and Christmas songs to the canon of sacred choral music. In 2004, the University of Fribourg in Switzerland awarded him an honorary Doctorate in Sacred Theology, thought to be the first ever awarded to a performing artist. Brubeck said, Three Jewish my life Irving Coleman [a literature profesjoi not shown hen:], Darius Milhaud, and Jesus.' was Brubeck's mentor at Mills College, and vi development of his Jazz and classical music at the College of the Pacific Darius Milhaud (right) Russell Gloyd became Brubeck's manager in 1976. Soon, he was conductor and producer as well, because he understood the unique needs of both jazz and symphoni music as combined In Brubeck's compositions. Brubeck has a special relationship wrth the London Symphony Orchestra. Here he is performing with them in Florida on August 9,1591. Since 1990, he has celebrated every fifth birthday in concert with them In The Russian National Orchestra performed the European premier of To Hops! A (Mtbmthn with Brubeck In December 1997. a, "the brains of the operation." Drawing on her background In literature and drama, she has written most of the lyrics for his classical pieces, including "Lord Lord" from Tin Cotes ofjustiot. Her ability to Interpret biblical music has played a key role in the success of their collaborations.

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