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Danse Macabre Superdeluxe

by Secret Chiefs 3

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MANNEQUIN CELLAR Stunning arrangements as always... Favorite track: Danse Macabre Superdeluxe (arrangement 4, Mausolée Méchanique).
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Steven Smith this is absolutely incredible. i remember this song from my elementary school music class. of course these costumed minstrels would be into this piece.
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Leondro Brady My dad calls these guys a bunch of smart-ass musicians. And he ain't wrong! Some of the finest musical talent in the world by any measure.
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BeagleBay Truly an amazing job done on this cover; both takes are so impressive. Secret Chiefs 3 are never resting on any laurels...always doing something challenging. Favorite track: Danse Macabre Superdeluxe (arrangement 4, Mausolée Méchanique).
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kylemacleod463 Wow. Listen to those frequencies. Doesn't come better than this
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Dave Sandifer because its totally badass Favorite track: Danse Macabre in Krasnoyarsk (arrangement 3 for Russian Traditional Orchestra + SC3).
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Welcome to the Mausolée Méchanique!

Winter passage through the gate of the dying sun begs for a cold but lively meditation on "Mors Triumphalis". So here we have two new SC3 arrangements of Saint-Saëns' immortally bewitching black tone-poem for the undead.

Some will have heard our initial 2012 arrangement of Danse Macabre, the one we played at hundreds of SC3 shows and on the [sold out] 2013 "Apocryphon of Jupiter/Danse Macabre 7-inch record (which represented the limit of what we can pull off as a 5-piece live band, and of which there is no digital version).

Since then there have been three increasingly elaborate arrangements, hybridizing SC3 with other, larger ensembles. The mother of all these arrangements in scale and depth is the FOURTH ARRANGEMENT "Superdeluxe" (2017) on offer right here. It's a complex weave of obsessively rendered elements built upon the foundation of our own first arrangement, but now incorporating the genius work of many other voices who have contributed to the entire history of this piece. For example, harmonic inventions from Franz Liszt's solo piano version of Danse Macabre copiously pepper this arrangement, and his ideas can now be heard redistributed among the various instruments of a hugely expanded FORMS Mausolée Méchanique (which is all %100 human playing, irony intended). New contextual inspirations from some orchestrion roller organs of yore, and sonic settings from certain renderings on Mighty Wurlitzer also now find their way deeply into the maze. Read all about it in the liner notes. This arrangement also weaves elements from Liszt's "Totendanz" into the tapestry, a stunt that would require some explanation if we were to digress (and we will later on). Elements from our other previous arrangements are also present, noting especially performances from the SECOND ARRANGEMENT, which we did for the New Music Works Ensemble, conducted by Philip Collins. The "Superdeluxe" arrangement is a very comprehensive presentation that took some doing. Find a $7 coin to drop in the slot and hear for yourself -- behold the thundering sound of the Mausolée Méchanique!

Which brings us to the Krasnoyarsk version.
Here we have long awaited first fruits of our collaboration with the Traditional Russian Orchestra of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

2014's Third Arrangement (also presented here) was done as part of a program of SC3 repertoire music adapted for this amazing and adventurous 61-piece Soviet-style orchestra, accompanied by SC3 as the rhythm section. The arrangement, specifically for this ensemble, bursts the whole original Mausolée Méchanique (band-clustered-around-a-Theatrical-Organ thing) wide open, and fully indulges all the opportunities of traditional Russian instrumentation (domra, balalaika, bayan, gusli etc). To accommodate this ambitious hybridization, the entire approach to the piece had to be re-imagined from the ground up, and a host of new counter lines and voicing approaches came up as a result. The recording here was made at the concert in Kansk, Siberia. More info and musical examples in the liner notes.


released December 15, 2017

Fourth Arrangement "Superdeluxe"

Matt Lebofsky: piano, organs
Trey Spruance: organs, guitar, bass, percussion
William Winant: mallets, chimes, gran casa, cymbals
Jennifer Cass: harp
Timba Harris: violin
Terrie Baune: violin
Kristin Garbeff: cello
Teresa Orozco: flute
Kenny Grohowski: drums
Jim Kassis: additional percussion
Philip Collins: conducting

produced, arranged, recorded and mixed by Trey Spruance
Drums recorded by Jason Schimmel


Third Arrangement with Traditional Russian Orchestra of Krasnoyarsk
Recorded on 30/8/2014 in Kansk, Russia, at the closing of the 13th International Kansk Video Festival

Trey Spruance: arrangement for Russian orchestra and band
Margarita Rachkovskaya: orchestral instrument re-adaptation and additional arrangement
Conducted by Valery Shelepov

Recorded by Nitzan Levi
Concert & recording production: Victor Levin & Nadya Bakuradze
Executive producer: Victor Levin

Mixed and mastered by Trey Spruance
Raw tracks edited for pops by Jonathan Barak

Production support: International Kansk Video Festival

Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Russian Orchestra:

Special thanks: Сenter of Сultural Initiatives (Krasnoyarsk), Galina Popova


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