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SOTM March 2020 - La Mer

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This is a well-known song which was popularised by the French crooner Charles Trenet. That is obviously in French and its title is 'La Mer' or 'The Sea'. There are various versions, the Bobby Darin version perhaps being the most well-known in English. In English it is known as 'Beyond the Sea'.

My first encounter of playing this was a couple of years ago at summer school where it was one of the pieces we played in big band with one of the trombone player singing it. I find it an affecting piece with aspects of yearning and nostalgia. I do like the combination of big band with strings.

Thanks to Nigel, we have tracked down dots... The original in in concert C, but the B section has a wander with a few bars of accidentals... I am sure you are made of stern stuff, but if you feel a need for the smelling salts with sight of things like E#... Nigel's elves have transposed it to concert Bb which... changes the accidentals... :) Both versions are in the links below.

La Mer

Here is the Charles Trenet version:
View: https://youtu.be/fztkUuunI7g


Here is Bobby Darin:
View: https://youtu.be/m8OlDPqYBLw


More modern version - Robbie Williams:
View: https://youtu.be/0injWL1Kl98


And of course Frank Sinatra:
View: https://youtu.be/oH6mw2Rc3DQ

Then Bing does it in style in French...
 
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randulo

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This is a well-known song which was popularised by the French crooner Charles Trenet. That is obviously in French and its title is 'La Mer' or 'The Sea'. There are various versions, the Bobby Darin version perhaps being the most well-known in English. In English it is known as 'Beyond the Sea'.
Nice song. But to be correct, it was composed and written by Charles Trenet.
 

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I don't want to pollute this thread with anymore banter!
 

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I think it sounds fabulous Randulo !:clapping:
At least you know how to record your own stuff AND play saxophone really well. Smooth saxophone. :thanks2:
 
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Plus I had no idea there were do many versions of Beyond the Sea. Very interesting so thanks for that tenorviol.
 
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