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Choral music in Frozen

Hello friends -
My wife and I just returned from seeing the latest animated Disney film - Frozen - and were delighted by the stunning choral singing in the opening of the film. You may or may not enjoy the Disney musicals - but this music was a real treat!
Best wishes,
Mike
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on December 4, 2013 9:14pm
I couldn't agree more!  Can't wait for it to be published!
on December 15, 2013 10:14am
So well done! Great voices,lovely songs Bravo Disney! When are you going to publish them?
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on December 16, 2013 7:32am
The piece is Eatnemen Vuelie by Frode Fjellheim (published by Boosey & Hawkes I think).  There are a few things you should know if you want to perform it:
  1. The piece in its original published form has a slightly differeny melody and text (Fairest Lord Jesus).  I'm thinking these were changed for the movie to keep things secular.  In any case, it's an easy adaptation.
  2. It's misspelled on J.W. Pepper's website, so search for "Vuelie" or the composer's last name and it will come right up.
The piece is complex, but not as difficult as it looks on the page.  I have worked out a system of teaching it that takes a lot of the confusion out and would be happy to share with anyone who wants to tackle this with their group!  There are also a number of ways to adapt it for different voicings.
 
Take care!
Chris
on December 19, 2013 2:48pm
I'd love to hear your approach to teaching this piece.  I'm also really curious about the mention of synth and percussion.  I like the Cantus recording which does not use any instruments.  Can you describe those elements (before I order a bunch of copies).  And does the music say they are optional?  I'm considering doing this as selection at contest and it needs to say clearly that the intruments are optional or I can't perform it.
 
I look forward to hearing from you about your teaching technique for this piece.
 
-Hans
on December 20, 2013 10:00am
Hans:
 
Here is the description from the first page of the music.  "for Four-Part Treble Voices, Synthesizer, Percussion & Optional Male Yoik"
At no point does it say that the instruments are optional, even though the piece could easily be sung without the instruments, and can also easily be adapted for SATB voices.  The low alto is quite low for women, and the higher alto part is also low enough to be sung by men.
 
Ray
on December 22, 2013 7:20am
Hans, unfortunately the instruments are not listed as optional.
 
If anyone wants to discuss the teaching of the piece, send me a message at mcginley (dot) chris (at) gmail (dot) com.  I have some files to share, and it's much more easily done by email.
 
Happy holidays everyone!
on December 23, 2013 12:51pm
Huge difference between what Cantus sings , and the audio file at JWPepper - here.
 
I would love to teach the unaccompanied version that Cantus sings, but wouldn't consider the instrumentental version - they sound like two different pieces.   
on January 3, 2014 8:17pm
I agree. Those two links are completely different!  Where can I get the cantus unaccompanied version?  
on January 14, 2014 2:58am
The Boosey & Hawkes/J.W. Pepper currently published version seems to be an entirely different song to the 'Frozen' version. Shouldn't be to hard to transcribe if the lyrics can be found anywhere....?
on January 15, 2014 10:47am
I found the lyrics here http://ambilyrics.com/f/frode-fjellheim/vuelie-feat.-cantus, although it looks like it's not clear how accurate they are. I've spent quite a bit of time looking for it myself and can't find anything other than the boosey and hawkes version. There is a piano/vocal/guitar collection of music from the movie that come up on jwpepper too... 
on January 15, 2014 9:50am
My choir is singing "Eatnemen Vuelie" (Boosey / Hal Leonard 48005002) by Frode Fjelheim. This is the Cantus version. The octavo does say "with synthesizer and percussion", but it's the same piece as Cantus and we're performing it, as they did, without the instruments. It's the same key they sing (G), with low D for Alto 2, so we're singing it a half-step higher. The text that Cantus sings for "Fairest Lord Jesus" is on the inside cover notes in Norweigan. The English and German are there as well. The Disney folks took out the familiar "Fairest Lord Jesus" tune (to make it less religious) and so the full piece is not in the movie, but this Boosey publication is the Cantus piece. By the way, JW Pepper has some funky link to the wrong piece, so don't judge it by that.
on January 15, 2014 12:30pm
"Funky link to wrong piece" definitely explains our confusion - thank you Susan!
on January 16, 2014 4:46am
Our church choir started working on the Eatnemen Vuelie last night at rehearsal with the men singing the Alto 2 part. It is quite accessible and a lot of fun - and there were actual giggles when the Beautiful Savior theme started after all the rhythmic work at the beginning. Speaking after just one rehearsal, I really recommend this selection!
Best wishes,
Mike
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