Carrie Vecchione, Rolf Erdahl, Steve Staruch & William Eddins | The Story of Babar the Little Elephant

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The Story of Babar the Little Elephant

by Carrie Vecchione, Rolf Erdahl, Steve Staruch & William Eddins

A charming musical retelling of the classic children's story of "Babar" for narrator, oboe/English horn, bass, and piano, translated to English from the original French by the composer, Margi Griebling-Haigh.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In the Great Forest
0:48 album only
2. Babar Has Grown Bigger
0:29 album only
3. Babar Is Riding Very Happily On the Back of His Mother
1:56 album only
4. After Several Days, He Comes to the Edge of a Town
1:55 album only
5. Without Wasting a Single Minute
1:00 album only
6. Then He Buys Himself
2:00 album only
7. Babar Now Lives At the Old Lady's House
1:15 album only
8. However, Babar Is Not Completely Happy
0:58 album only
9. Two Years Have Passed
1:04 album only
10. All During This Time in the Great Forest
1:08 album only
11. Babar Decides to Leave
2:28 album only
12. Alas, The King of the Elephants Has Eaten a Bad Mushroom
1:41 album only
13. Then Cornelius, The Oldest of the Elephants
1:12 album only
14. All the Elephants Think That Cornelius Has Spoken Wisely
2:36 album only
15. The Wedding Guests Begin to Arrive
1:11 album only
16. After the Wedding and Coronation, Everyone Dances Joyfully
1:10 album only
17. The Party Is Over; Night Has Fallen
1:55 album only
18. Now the World Sleeps
1:46 album only
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Album Notes
This album marks the happy coming together of a composer, a duo, and talented collaborating artist friends. When Rolf heard "Babar" at the 2001 International Society of Bassists Convention, performed by the composer, Margi Griebling-Haigh, oboe, and her husband, Scott Haigh, First Assistant Principal Bass of the Cleveland Orchestra, he excitedly called home and told Carrie we had to meet the artists and add this wonderful piece to our repertoire. We liked the performers and piece so much, we subsequently befriended Margi and Scott, and won a Jerome Composers Commissioning Project grant from the American Composers Forum to commission Margi to write another piece for us. This became the Book/CD combination, "Askelad and the Seven Silver Ducks," a retelling of a favorite Norwegian folktale, composed and illustrated by Margi (also available on CDBaby). By happy coincidence, the artists, composer, and MPR recording studios were available at the same time, and recordings of "Babar" and "Askelad" took place in the same week. Margi was on hand to produce the recording, with Cameron Wiley as our MPR engineer. Joining OboeBass! on "Babar" were pianist, Bill Eddins, back in town from international performing and conducting engagements, and Minnesota Public Radio host Steve Staruch, rounding out our forces as narrator. We have also performed "Babar" with Bill and Steve at other occasions, including for MPR's "Taste of the Holidays" concert at the Fitzgerald Theater, and on the Coffee Concert series at the Lakeville Area Arts Center.

Artist Bios:

OboeBass! has created their own unique genre of "chamber music of a different color" for that they perform in recital across the nation. The duo is comprised of Carrie Vecchione, oboe/English horn, and Rolf Erdahl, double bass. In addition to their recital activities, they mix music and literature in educational programs for all ages as "Pages of Music with Rolf and Carrie." Minnesota Public Radio Host Steve Staruch calls them“pioneers in the classical music business. Forging ahead with a new chamber music combination that has them performing recently commissioned works, putting together their own music series in Lakeville, and giving concerts in out of the way places. Who would have guessed that an Oboe/Bass duo combination would sound so....well, so right!”

Carrie Vecchione teaches oboe at the MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, and freelances in the Twin Cities area. She has soloed in the Carnegie Hall, has served as Principal Oboe for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, been a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony and Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, and taught at the Univ. of WI, Eau Claire, St. Olaf College, Ball State Univ., the Sewanee Summer Music Center, and the International Peace Gardens Music Camp.

Rolf Erdahl teaches bass at Gustavus Adolphus College. Previously he was Principal Bass of the Winnipeg Symphony and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and has been a member of the Honolulu Symphony, Breckenridge Music Festival, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. He is an authority on the music of Edvard Grieg.

William Eddins, piano, is Music Director Emeritus of the Edmonton Symphony. He's in demand around the globe as a conductor and concert pianist. He is also a really good cook and brewer, and is extremely fond of elephants.

Narrator Steve Staruch is well-known personality and producer at Classical Minnesota Public. He is the M-F afternoon host and storyteller and does the classical request program Friday Favorites. Staruch is an active freelance singer and violist with leading ensembles in the Twin Cities.

The music of Margi Griebling-Haigh has been characterized as haunting, charismatic, yearning, wistful, lyrical, colorful, and insouciant! She is concerned with conveying emotions and moods, but firmly believes in the powers of memorable melodies and rhythms and strong formal structure. While her music is sometimes technically challenging and rhythmically tricky, consideration for the comfort and enjoyment of performers and audience members alike is of great importance. Humor is also an important hallmark of her style. Simply put, her music is effective and charming.

Margi is also an oboist, married to a bassist, Scott Haigh, First Assistant Principal Bass of the Cleveland Orchestra. Her familiarity with the possibilities of both instruments makes her uniquely qualified as a composer of oboe/bass duos!



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