for Euphonium and Piano
arranged by Frode Rydland
Vallflickans Dans (Herdmaiden’s Dance) is the popular dance from Swedish Hugo Alfvén’s 1923 ballet Bergakungen, originally featuring the violin section of the orchestra. Several arrangements have been made of this enjoyable piece, including one that features the reed section of the wind band. An arrangement for symphonic brass ensemble and euphonium soloist was first performed in January 2002 at a concert with me and the Nordic Brass Ensemble in Valdres, Norway. That particular version was also recorded on my debut recording Flight. This is virtuoso music at its best, and the beautiful slow section in the middle makes a nice interlude in between the surrounding vigorous sections.
The arranger, Frode Rydland, is the soprano cornetist and one of my good friends from Eikanger-Bjørsvik. He is also a freelance trumpeter, teacher and conductor in addition to his highly productive arranging carrier. After literally dozens of requests, we are happy to finally present Vallflickans Dans as a euphonium solo with three different performing options: piano, brass band and wind band accompaniments.
Fundamental Music was established in October 2005. ‘Fundamental’ came up when I was searching for anagrams to the name of my son, Amund Flaten. ‘Fundamental’ is indeed a perfect anagram to his name, thus giving the word a strong personal meaning and association. For me, music is also a fundamental aspect of my life.
The Tormod Flaten Solo Series features the first published works on Fundamental Music and it consists solely of arrangements and compositions for euphonium. Most of the first published titles are recorded on my CD’s Flight and Norwegian Euphonium and we continue to bring out more quality music in this series.