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Trills and Dragon Ears

Become familiar with the different instruments of the symphony orchestra. Family concert with texts by Lennart Hellsing.

Is it possible to see music, and hear a picture? Yes: if you listen carefully in Trills and Dragon Ears, the double bass can be heard growling like a bear and the oboe gets a cobra to dance in Samarkand. 

Lennart Hellsing is one of Sweden's most beloved children’s book authors and his creations include Krakel Spektakel (“Noisy Spectacle”), Kusin Vitamin (“Cousin Vitamin”), Bagar Bengtsson (“Bengtsson the Baker”), Petronella från Plaskeby (“Petronella from Plaskeby”) and Herr Gurka (“Mr. Cucumber”).

Hellsing’s wonderful story Trills and Dragon Ears helps us to become familiar with the many different instruments of the symphony orchestra. In the verses, we encounter everything from a knight’s tower to expansive beaches, dragon’s caves and the seasons, all set to the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy and Alfvén. Trills and Dragon Ears is a wonderfully playful presentation by the orchestra. Swedish narrator: Ayla Kabaca. 

The story is based on Trills and Dragon Ears – a book about the instruments (Natur & Kultur, 2011) with Ane Gustavsson’s illustrations to Lennart Hellsing’s texts.

  • The music

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart From Divertimento in D major KV 136
  • Ludwig van Beethoven From Symphony No. 9
  • Claude Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
  • Hugo Alfvén Midsummer Vigil
  • Jean Sibelius From Karelia Suite
  • Edward Elgar From Variations on an Original Theme "Enigma"
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky From Symphony No. 4
  • Camille Saint-Saëns Danse bacchanale from Samson and Delilah
  • Richard Wagner Prelude to Act II from Siegfried
  • Edvard Grieg Dance of the Mountain King’s Daughter from Peer Gynt
  • Camille Saint-Saëns From Djurens karneval
  • Modest Musorgsky From Pictures at an Exhibition arr Maurice Ravel
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Emilia Hoving conductor
  • Ayla Kabaca narrator
  • Published online 10 mars 2021. 
  • Filmed 9-11 February 2021.
  • The video is approximately 40 minutes.
  • Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.

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