Friday night music video: Brian Auger, “Pavane”

Our first-ever Friday night music video is by jazz-rock keyboardist Brian Auger, who turned 70 this year. One of his signature tunes was not an original composition, but an arrangement of Gabriel Fauré’s “Pavane in F# minor, Op. 50” that, despite turning the stately classical piece into a blistering uptempo piece, makes the most of the harmonic potential of that haunting tune. (Even nicer is a solo piano version Auger recorded for the “Steinway to Heaven” compilation album.  Unfortunately, I was unable to find embeddable audio or video for that.)

Below is a historical recording from 1969 at a music festival in Belgium. The Pavane ends at 4:47 into the clip. Enjoy!

PS: those with absolute pitch will surely notice that Auger’s version is transposed half a step down to F minor.

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