The song “Vesle Hoa som var en Hottentott” vas written by by the Norwegian author and cartoonist Thorbjørn Egner. Since the first recording of the song in 1954, it has been one of the most famous childrens songs in Norway.
To the conductor:
The drum style shifts between Jungle Groove and Swing.
(Listen to: Sing, sing, sing with Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman)
The swing style is from the 30's i.e. not the laid-back kind.
The syncopations and accents should be firm and timely.
Watch the balance in the block chords at 'A', and aim for a smooth flow.
Emphasize the articulation at letter 'C'.
The melody line at letter 'E' must be firm and strong. Almost a little rough at this point.
A diminuendo just before letter 'H' suits the music well, and then do subito forte at 'H'.
'L' is the climax of the piece and should be ferocious.
If this ain't swing, you're doing the wrong thing....;)
Reid Gilje had his conductor education at the Grieg Academy of Music.
As a former freelance trumpet player in the pop/rock/jazz genres, Reid has performed on television, in theatres and other show productions in Norway.
With Bergen Big Band he has worked with musicians like Andy Sheppard, Ernie Watts, Joe Henderson, Martial Solal, Diana Krall, Palle Mikkelborg, Terje Rypdal and others.
As a conductor he has worked with all the professional Army Bands of Norway, and all the best brassbands.
He has been resident conductor in Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag since 2000, and guest conductor for the National Youth Brassbands of Switzerland in 2011, and Wales in 2014.
He is also a very busy arranger of music, and have done a lot of arrangements for Wind Bands, Brassbands, Symphony Orchestras, Big Bands and ensembles.
SOUND SAMPLE RECORDED BY NOTESERVICE WIND ENSEMBLE, CONDUCTED BY RUNE A. HALVORSEN
Full recording available on "Make Way for the Band - New Music for Concert Band - Demo Tracks 2014-2015"
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Can be streamed on Wimp, Spotify, Beat, Deezer and Music Unlimited.
|Theme/genre||Children, Jazz/Blues, Norwegian music, Popular music|
|Series||Noteservice Concert Band Entertainment|
|Band catalogue||European Band catalogue 2014|