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The Tinderbox by Andersen, Hans Christian

Or at least it is until a lead guitar butts in, a drum kit is given something of a vicious pounding and bluesy-rock vocals gatecrash. The music is filtering up to street level from a cellar bar where a group of talented young musicians has gathered.

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For although they form part of what is ultimately a piece classical orchestra, the sound they produce could hardly be further removed from the traditional ensemble. Led by local funk and soul guitarist Aki Remally — among a number of professional musicians giving up their time to collaborate with the fledgling youth orchestra — it was one of the numbers that brought the house down at their first ever performance at Pilrig Church Hall in December.

All of which could well be enough to make Beethoven roll over. Instead the result is vibrant, powerful and, grins Jack, incredibly exciting.


That kind of approach can put young people off learning music. He asked around and was encouraged by a positive vibe from local youth orchestras, schools, university music departments and professional classical musicians, all keen to embrace this notion of a youth orchestra that plays modern music. Auditions attracted talented schoolchildren and students, keen to explore a more modern side to their violin or cello and tutors happy to give up their spare time to a ground-breaking project that merged classical sounds with contemporary music and even opened the door to collaborations with Edinburgh rock, blues and jazz bands.

But you can use an orchestra to play any style of music.

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And I thought it would be fantastic to apply it to the music that I listen to. Reitzel in Copenhagen , Denmark on 8 May in an inexpensive booklet with three other tales by Andersen. The four tales were not favorably received by Danish critics who disliked their informal, chatty style and lack of morals. In , "The Tinderbox" was the source material for Denmark's first animated film, and, in , a ballet with costumes and scenery designed by Queen Margrethe II.

The story opens with a poor soldier returning home from war. He meets a witch, who asks him to climb into a hollow tree to retrieve a magic tinderbox. The witch gives the man permission to take anything he finds inside the chambers, but he must return the tinderbox.

In the tree, he finds three chambers filled with precious coins guarded by three monstrous dogs, "one with eyes the size of teacups ", who guards a vault filled with pennies, one with "eyes the size of water wheels ", who guards a vault filled with silver, and one with eyes "the size of Round Tower ", who guards a vault filled with gold. He fills his pockets with money, finds the tinderbox, and returns to the witch.

When she demands the tinderbox without giving a reason, the soldier lops off her head with his sword. In the following scene, the soldier enters a large city and buys himself splendid clothing and lives in a magnificent apartment. He makes many friends, He learns of a princess kept in a tower after a prophecy foretold her marriage to a common soldier; his interest is piqued and he wants to see her but realizes his whim cannot be satisfied. Eventually, the soldier's money is depleted and he is forced to live in a dark attic. He strikes the tinderbox to light the room, and one of the dogs appears before him.


The soldier then discovers he can summon all three dogs and order them to bring him money from their subterranean dwelling. Again, he lives splendidly. One night, he recalls the story of the princess in the locked tower, and desires to see her. He strikes the tinderbox and sends the dog with eyes the size of teacups to bring her to his apartment.

The soldier is overwhelmed with her beauty, kisses her and orders the dog to return her to the tower. The following morning, the princess tells her parents she has had a strange dream and relates the night's adventure.

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The royal couple then watch her closely. When the princess is carried away again, they unsuccessfully use a trail of flour and chalk marks on neighborhood doors to find where she spends her nights. Eventually, her whereabouts are discovered and the soldier is clapped in prison and sentenced to death.

The tinderbox got left behind, so he cannot summon its help. On the day of execution, the soldier sends a boy for his tinderbox, and, at the scaffold, asks to have a last smoke. He then strikes the tinderbox and the three monstrous dogs appear. They toss the judge and the councillors, the King and Queen into the air. All are dashed to pieces when they fall to earth.

The soldier and the princess are united, and the dogs join the wedding feast. The soldier uses the candle to visit a princess, and summons the iron man to save his life when he is sent to the stake for doing so. In the preface to the second volume of Fairy Tales and Stories , Andersen indicates he heard the tale as a child "in the spinning room, and during the harvesting of the hops. Both tales feature a supernatural being inveigling a mortal to enter an enchanted area on promise of rich reward; both tales feature three chambers filled with riches; both tales have heroes refusing to part with a magic luminant and then winning a princess through its use.

The story of Aladdin had a special emotional significance for Andersen. As a poor grammar school student in Copenhagen , he was invited to stay with a prominent Copenhagen family in the Amalienborg Palace.

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