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Raoul's Rescue Mission - for narrator and orchestra

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It has been a long time that I posted something on Macjams. I have had an emotional difficult year of divorce, moving to my home country Holland and back again to Sweden where my heart lies.

From inside a small room which I rent in someone's apartment, I have finished a piece titled "Raoul's Rescue Mission", a work for narrator and small orchestra. It's based on my children adventure book with the same title. My good friend Richard Schletty has brought the story to live with his wonderful expressive voice. The story is about a little mouse named Raoul who's trying to save his baby sister from one of the most dangerous cats of the neighborhood.

All the music in the score is developed from the score’s intro and the intro itself has been taken from the slow movement of my first piano sonata which, in its turn, was dedicated to the person for whom the children-book was written for in the first place (yes, I know… it’s complicated…).

Each character in the story is being represented by an instrument or instrument combination, but it’s not a strict rule. Depending on the dramatic situation a character is in, another instrument could take over his role for a short moment. Basically however, we could say that:

Raoul (the hero, a little mouse) is represented by the clarinet.
BabySis (Raoul's baby sister) is represented by the oboe.
Sewer (a sewerrat, Raoul's friend) is represented by the trombone.
Mother (Raoul's mother) is represented by the oboe, but when she’s upset (which is most of the time), the trumpet takes its place.
TomCat (the enemy, a large cat) is represented by the horns.
ComeOn (a large black bird, Raoul's friend) is represented by the flute.

The score has been written with a small ensemble in mind. The idea was to create a piece intimate in sound and with the possibility to be performed by smaller orchestras in for example theaters, music schools etc. The number between the brackets in the string section shows the number of players.


1 Flute (Fl.), 1 Oboe (Ob.), 1 Clarinet in Bb (Cl.), 1 Bassoon (Bsn.)

2 Horns in F (Hns.), 1 Trumpet in Bb (Tpt.), 1 Trombone (Tbn.), 1 Tuba (Tba.)

Percussion: 2 players
Bass Drum (B.D.), Shaker (Shk.), Susp. Cymbal (Susp.Cymb.), Woodblock (W.B.), Xylophone (Xyl.)

1 Harp (Hp.)

1st violins (4 Vln.), 2nd Violins (4 Vln.), Violas (3 Vla.), Cellos (3 Vc.), Basses (2 Cb.)

To be able to upload the full mp3 file, I had to lower the quality a little, I hope it's still good enough to listen to though. The full length of this story is 30 minutes. For a higher quality visit this link: http//soundc/...
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Daugrin said 1060 days ago (November 18th, 2016)
A lot of wonderful music
in a little mouse hole.
Thank you for sharing here at MJ.

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andreasvanharen said 1053 days ago (November 25th, 2016)
Thanks Daug!!
I am glad you like it :)
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Doug Somers said 1054 days ago (November 23rd, 2016)
This is delightful - and most impressive
Very imaginative use of colour and texture from your ensemble. The interludes range from light and airy to threatening, reflecting the children's story nature of the main idea. Nicely crafted interplay between parts with choice punctuation from the bass drum.

This is s lot of music to produce! It goes hand in glove with the fine writing. Congratulations on a fine result!
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andreasvanharen said 1053 days ago (November 25th, 2016)
Glad you like it, Doug!
Yes, it was a lot of music to write, but I learned a lot in the process on orchestration and arranging. It's the first time I ever tried something like this. I like this kind of musical form and am already thinking of another musical story which will be based on an idea that Richard came up with. I've send an email to the Youth Gothenburg Orchestra here in Sweden where I live with the hope they could be interested in performing it, so I am keeping my fingers crossed right now!
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Name: André van Haren
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Born in Holland, got my piano teacher degree there and studied composition for the next 5 year. Now living in Sweden since 2003. ... [see more]

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