Dave Brubeck on Dziekuje


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DB: I also wrote in that same period the piece that uses a Polish theme -- when I'm cold in the morning it's kind of hard to play (laughter). [PLAYS PIANO]

SS: That's fantastic. There's an interesting story, I think, behind the composition of that tune in particular, isn't there?

DB: Yeah, in Poland after I had been to Chopin's home that is now a museum.

SS: And this was during the 1958 tour?

DB: Yeah. See, I played three things today that came from that tour, Brandenburg Gate, Blue Rondo a la Turk, and this is called Dziekuje, which is "thank you" in Polish.

SS: And, you premiered that at your final concert in Poland during the '58 tour, right?

DB: Yeah, the last of the 12 concerts, the encore. I played this, and we never had played it before because I wrote it on the train going to that town. And, Paul, and Joe and Gene fell right in. Of course, I played a couple choruses so they'd hear the changes, the harmonic progression, but it was absolute silence when it was over. And I thought, "Oh man, I've ruined the whole tour. They don't approve of this," and then wild applause.

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