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Thursday, November 24, 2011

A diversion on this Thanksgiving (Moomin edition)



For a little background on this video, here's excerpt from the forthcoming Tove and Lars Jansson Moomin comic strip biography, Moomin Every Day:

"In preparation of Moomin's two-year anniversary in 1956, Associated Newspapers contacted composer and conductor Robert Farnon. Farnon was one of the most famous light-music (a British term for mid-20th Century classical music compositions written with a broader appeal in mind) composers in England at the time. He was asked to compose a commemorative Moomin song. 'I was an enthusiastic Moomin fan by then, so I was delighted to agree, and for copyright reasons I distributed the piece under the pseudonym 'Ole Jensen,'' Farnon recalls. Robert Farnon's orchestra performed the piece for the first time on July 8, 1956, on BBC television. That evening, Farnon introduced the composition thus: 'Many of you know the Moomin comic strip, and Moomin, whose adventures range from silly to heroic. Moomin speaks strongly to my imagination and so I have composed this little musical frivolity to describe the happy, sad, jolly, and humorous character named Moomin.'"

Moomin Every Day is written by Moomin scholar and Finnish comics historian Juhani Tolvanen and translated by Jill G. Timbers and due out next Spring.

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