Tove Jansson | Moomin Voices / Muumilauluja

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Moomin Voices / Muumilauluja

by Tove Jansson

The second edition of the world famous Moomin songbook. Original works by celebrated children's author, Tove Jansson. Vocal soloists: Mirja Mäkelä, Eeppi Ursin and Johanna Grüssner.
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1. Muumilaakso Mika Pohjola
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2. Muumipeikon laulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä, Eeppi Ursin
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3. Muumipapan laulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä, Eeppi Ursin
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4. Suuri omenalaulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä
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5. Pikku Myyn laulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä
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6. Muumimamman laulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä
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7. Rouva Vilijonkan laulu Mika Pohjola, Eeppi Ursin
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8. Teatterirotta Emman laulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä, Eeppi Ursin
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9. Miisan valituslaulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä
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10. Joka pikku ötökällä rusetti on hännässään Mika Pohjola, Eeppi Ursin
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11. Juhlijain laulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä, Eeppi Ursin
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12. Syyslaulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä, Eeppi Ursin
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13. Nukkukaa lapset Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä, Eeppi Ursin
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14. Nyytin joululaulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä, Eeppi Ursin
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15. Tuu-tikin talvilaulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä, Eeppi Ursin
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16. Kuolleen kurren laulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä
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17. Mörön valituslaulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä
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18. Oon jälleen luonas sun Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä
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19. Tuu-tikin kevätlaulu Mika Pohjola, Eeppi Ursin
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20. Loppulaulu Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä, Eeppi Ursin
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21. Muumipeikon laulu (kertaus) Mika Pohjola, Mirja Mäkelä, Eeppi Ursin
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Please note! The classic original version of Moomin Voices is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/moominvoices .
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The Moomin novels describe the musical activities of the Moomins, particularly those of Snufkin, his harmonica with trills and twiddles. All Moomin characters sing songs, often about their thoughts and themselves. The songs often serve as core statements of the characters' personalities. This music was heard outside Moomin Valley after they went live on theater stage in Stockholm. Director Vivica Bandler told Jansson in 1959: "Listen, here the people want songs". The earlier version of the play was cast in Helsinki with no music. Helsinki based pianist and composer, Erna Tauro was commissioned to write the songs to lyrics by Jansson. The first collection consisted of six Moomin Songs (Sex muminvisor): Moomintroll's Song (Mumintrollets visa), Little My's Song (Lilla Mys visa), Mrs. Fillyjonk's Song (Fru Filifjonks sång), Theater Rat Emma's Words of Wisdom (Teaterråttan Emmas visdomsord), Misabel's Lament (Misans klagolåt) and Final Song (Slutsång). More songs were published in the 1960s and 70s when Jansson and Lars Jansson produced a series of Moomin dramas for Swedish Television. The simple, yet effective melodies by Tauro were well received by the theater and TV audiences. The first songs were either sung unaccompanied or accompanied by a pianist. While the most famous Moomin songs in Scandinavia are undoubtedly Moomintroll's Song and Little My's Song, they appear in no context in the novels. The original songs by Jansson and Tauro remained scattered after their initial release. The first recording of the complete collection was made in 2003 by composer and arranger Mika Pohjola on the Moomin Voices CD (Muminröster in Swedish), as a tribute to the late Tove Jansson. Tauro had died in June 1993 and some of Jansson's last lyrics were composed by Pohjola in cooperation with Jansson's heirs. Pohjola was also the arranger of all songs for a vocal ensemble and chamber orchestra. The same recording has been released in a Finnish version in 2005, Muumilauluja. The Finnish lyrics were translated by Kirsi Kunnas and Vexi Salmi. The Swedish and Finnish recordings of Moomin Voices, and their respective musical scores, have been used as course material at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. The Moomin Band is dedicated to exclusively performing the original lyrics and unaltered stories by Ms. Jansson. This band is lead by Pohjola on piano, with vocalists Mirja Mäkelä and Eeppi Ursin.


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Tage

Unleash your inner Moomin
So far above the nursery rhyme triteness of most children's music it makes even this jaded 30-something giddy, this perfectly packaged, delightfully arranged and beautifully sung disc is delivered with immaculate charm and love, not to mention a soupçon of mischief that Little My herself would be proud of. Bliss.

Tonke Kok

Exactly what Moomin music should be
It is just 100% Moominly. I love it and my 1 year old cousin starts to 'dance' and smile when she hears it.

Freaky Trigger.co.uk

Popnose Mp3 of the Week
Muumilauluja - "Mörön Valituslaulu"

This MP3 comes from the Finnish version of Moomin Voices, recordings of songs co-written by Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins. A bop in the eye for my shrivelled inner authenticist: the originals were of course in Swedish, Jansson's first language (though she was a Finnish citizen). Whether the cool, modernist jazz settings on the disc were close to the 'originals' I'll probably never know, but it's a charming CD anyhow - as wry and somehow elusive as the Moomin books are. This track though is completely atypical, with spooky backing music and a funny deep voice representing the Groke, perennial Moomin almost-villain and bringer of cold and despair.

Dorothy K

Fantastic Way of Introducing the Moomin to Kids
This is a fabulous CD! I have both the Finnish and the Swedish versions of it and my infant son is already infatuated with them. I highly recommend them.

Roman Yangarber

One of the most sublime pieces of music I've ever heard
Two words: simply beautiful. The combination of simplicity and beauty is striking. On every new hearing, every solution sounds surprising and fresh, yet the harmonies and the voicings never compromise pure beauty for cleverness and complexity. Of course, Grüssner's beautiful voice has much to do with it... I bought this music for my 18-month-old daughter, but became obsessed with it myself. We also have the Finnish-language "version" that just came out -- Muumilauluja -- the two are complementary, so beautifully, subtly, and totally different.

K. A. Laity

Moomin Voices: Instant Karma!
Want a short trip to childhood? Lay this cd in your player and enter the world of the Moomintrolls. With glowing voices and brilliant songs, you will be swept along to Moomin Valley, the wistful land of the Moomin Family and their friends like Snufkin (my favorite!) and Little My. Pure magic -- you deserve to indulge yourself!

Christina P.S. Fong

Brilliant! Atmospheric: a magic orb containing the essence of MOOMINVALLEY
For readers of the fascinating Moomin series of fiction by late and great author, Tove Jansson, this is a treat! It captures with great imagination and brilliant vocals, the essence of Moominvalley and all its delightful inhabitants. With its blend of light, contemporary jazz: like the well-known song played by Snufkin, the traveller: "Alla små djur slår rosett" ('All small creatures should have bows on their tails' in English), to its darker, dramatic, echoing haunts, Moominvoices will impress, both technically and creatively. Created to revive and relive the music of Moomin theatre productions of the 50s, Pohjola & co. have added a cool comtemporary vibe to the brilliant lyrics of Jansson. It is a great tribute to the reader and author alike. Whether you are a fan of Jansson's works, (or will shortly become one), you are in for a unique experience!

Tamara Turner


Childrens' music doesn't have to be trite, cheap and mass produced when you've got the new release of the world famous Moomin songbook. These original works by the Finnish master author, Tove Jansson, are delightfully recreated in a light jazzy medium and are charming, light and decadent for all ages. With the CD also comes sheet music, pictures, bios, weblinks and more.

Muumilauluja

High quality music for families
I loved the "Muumilauluja" CD because of the creative way of finding the atmosphere of Tove Janssons original Moomin-tales. My daughter (2 years old) didn't like it as much, but I'm convinced she'll learn to love it.