The Chronicles have 9 pieces of music, 8 of them with piano, 1 with 3 different percussions. Each piece consists of one well-known classical theme and either 'Mary had a little lamb' or 'Fireflies' (Japanese children's song). *** Mary and Fireflies are the first two songs in Suzuki flute book 1, requiring only 5 different notes. Perrin is also a Suzuki teacher, which explains these chosen songs. *** The classical themes are Sakura Sakura (Japanese folk song), Träumerei (Schumann), William Tell Overture (Rossini), Swan Lake theme (Tchaikovsky), Samson and Delilah (part: Bacchanale, Saint-Saëns), Theme from 3rd movement / Symphony no. 1 (Mahler), Lion / Carnival of the animals (Saint-Saëns), Can Can (Offenbach) and Theme from 2nd movement / Symphony From the New World (Dvorak).
Some pieces have 2 parts for flutes, some 3. Easiest is always Mary or Fireflies, top one the classic. Middle part doubles sometimes lower, sometimes higher part. Sometimes it has harmonics to fulfil the chords.
First I ordered the music, it came super quickly via e-mail in pdf-form, which is very convenient. Then it was time to plan the schedule, plan info sheet for teachers to give their students and to publish in the Huilisti-magazine to get participants. The festival weekend was to be in mid-November 2013.
Before our first together rehearsal in October we knew that over 60 kids would be coming - finally we had over 80 flutists on stage! It was one of the most amazing happenings/concerts I've been part of. Back to rehearsal... It was a Sunday afternoon at Helsinki Conservatory concert hall. First were only the 1st flutes, then came along those who played 2nd parts, finally also the Marys/Fireflies. We had our pianist with us, also our lovely narrator lady came. She wanted to hear the music and plan a little how she'd do her lines, make notes etc.
Of course there were a lot of details still to decide and fix and take care of. But as November and the festival came, we had so much fun playing and performing together... :) More about it later, in part 2!
|From the November -13 concert!|
If you are interested in ordering The Fireflies Chronicles, you can get it from Noelle Perrin's website here -> http://www.flutestars.com/apps/webstore/
There's also another fun collection of arrangements in same style (but without a story), The Flutistic Adventures of Mary and the Fireflies. Recommended also! :)