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Five Fairy Tales

by Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Ivar Lunde Jr. & Tim Skutley

Five classic fairy tales performed by a small instrumental ensemble led by the composer. What fun! Imagine a pancake rolling down the street followed by the cook, seven screaming children and the "old" man!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Five Fairy Tales, Op. 126, No. 1: I. The Three Billy-Goats Gruff
Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Ivar Lunde Jr. & Tim Skutley
9:54 $1.99
2. Five Fairy Tales, Op. 126, No. 5: II. The Seven Ravens
Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Ivar Lunde Jr. & Tim Skutley
14:35 $1.99
3. Five Fairy Tales, Op. 126, No. 2: III. The Bremen Town-Musicians
Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Ivar Lunde Jr. & Tim Skutley
12:37 $1.99
4. Five Fairy Tales, Op. 126, No. 3: IV. The Mysterious Box
Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Ivar Lunde Jr. & Tim Skutley
2:47 $1.99
5. Five Fairy Tales, Op. 126, No. 4: V. The Pancake
Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Ivar Lunde Jr. & Tim Skutley
13:16 $1.99
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Album Notes
Storytelling appears to be common to all cultures. Whatever the purpose, whether it is part of scaring youngsters to do the right thing or to entertain adults, it reflects upon the imagination of individuals. I can still see the dark forest outside my hometown in Norway where trolls would be hiding behind tree trunks and stumps. What would happen to me if I told I lie?

Usually the good wins over evil, and the five fairy tales I selected for my composition provide a mixture of settings mostly set to entertain, but also to teach morality. The fairy tales tend to address social problems; inequality between the rich and the poor in particular. Askeladden (the Ash Lad) always gets the princess, or wins the fight with the trolls. Askeladden is usually depicted as the smarter even though he the most unlikely to succeed. He is poor, smallish and not necessarily the most handsome. He is the common man who can succeed after all.

Askeladden is not part of this CD, but the big Billy-Goat Gruff takes care of the bad guy, the troll under the bridge. The picture of a pancake rolling down the road followed by a mother, seven hungry children and the father is priceless. Or, the story of four expendable animals traveling to Bremen (Germany) to become musicians when their masters no longer can use them strikes a chord with all of us. The picture in my mind of the donkey, the dog, the cat and the rooster flying though a glass window to scare a bunch of thieves so they could have a proper meal was a favorite of mine.

The Seven Ravens is a story of children not returning home for the fear of being punished. The parents misinterpret this as a failure to follow through on their assignment which results in total misunderstandings with severe consequences. Well, it ends well after all, which is what fairy tales normally do.

The Mysterious Box? I’ll leave that one for you to interpret. Perhaps some stories are just written for fun, or is there a deeper meaning?

The Mysterious Box and the Pancake are translated by yours truly. The other stories have been reprinted from collections in the public domain.

The Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm , collected German folk tales and inspired the Norwegian friends Peter Christian Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe to collect the same in Norway. These stories have been passed down from generation to generation and are now part of each country’s literary treasure.

Ivar Lunde, Jr.

Ivar Lunde, Jr., former principal oboist of the Norwegian National Opera, was educated at the Conservatory of Music, Oslo, Norway, and the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria. His teachers of oboe include Kees Lahnstein and Andre Lardrot; of Baroque oboe Grant Moore and James Caldwell; of composition, his father, Ivar Lunde, Sr.; and of conducting Trygve Lindemann, Hermann Scherchen, and Carl Melles. He has taught and performed in Europe and the United States, and appeared as oboe soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic and the Oslo Philharmonic, and many smaller orchestras in Norway, Sweden, Austria, and the United States.

Mr. Lunde is a prolific composer and has been awarded numerous prizes and commissions. Several orchestral works have been performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic (Norway), the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Norway) and Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. Many of his works are published and recorded in the United States and Norway, including a CD featuring wind and keyboard compositions released by the Hemera label in Norway, as well as ECCO Tells the Tale with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra released by the Tonheim Records label.

Mr. Lunde is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, as well as Music Director and former principal oboist with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and former Music Director and conductor of the Chippewa Valley Symphony and the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony. In 1988, Mr. Lunde formed a small publishing company, Skyline Publications, to publish art music. Later, Skyline Studios was added to provide audio and video post-production to area artists.



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