Two Folk Tunes from Valdres
for Euphonium and Piano
arranged by Frode Rydland
Commissioned by myself especially for From the Deep. I wanted something that reflected my roots , being a native from the valley of Valdres. The piece is based on the dance Halling after Ulrik i Jensestogun and the beautiful Lullaby (Bådnlåt), and it is structured in an A-B-A form. Ulrik Olsen Jensestogun (1850-1919) was a farmer and fiddler from Sør-Aurdal in Valdres. Whereas the Halling is being presented in a folk-rock inspired fashion with some pyrotechnical variations, the Lullaby is rather clean and simple with a final stratospheric obligato for the soloist before the the Halling again leads the piece to a whirlwind close. Rydland describes the work as a tour de force which showcases this soloist's technical and lyrical qualities. Two Folk Tunes from Valdres was premiered by myself and the Tertnes Brass of Bergen, Norway with their conductor Bjørn Breistein.
Frode Rydland (born 1971), studied trumpet and pedagogy at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen. Frode is probably most known as an arranger. He has put together winning programmes at the Siddis Brass entertainment contest with Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag, where he’s the soprano cornet player, and with several other bands. As a composer he won the Fodens Richardson Award in 2004 with the piece Hey-Hey!!. He also composed several other commissions for brass band.
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 titles are recorded on my CD’s Flight, Norwegian Euphonium and with seven tracks from the latest album From the Deep we continue to bring out quality music in this series.