Cantus has, after the premiére of Disneys "Frozen" received multiple requests and questions regardig the availability of the score/sheet music for "Vuelie", from the soundtrack of the film. Therefore, we would like to offer some information regarding this in the following sections:
When the makers of "Frozen" came by a CD released by Cantus, "Norwegian Voices" from 2011, they immediately fell in love with the tone of the choir an the tune "Eatnemen Vuelie", which is a track on this record (The CD is available as download on Amazon and iTunes.) This was the inspiration for Disney when they chose to include the choir in the soundtrack of "Frozen". "Eatnemen Vuelie" was originally written for Cantus back in in 1996, originally for a Christmas record, and has for many years been a beloved piece of music of the choir itself and our audiences. It is the "joik" (2nd alto bit) that is the most distinctive element, and the composer paired it with a traditional Norwegian hymn that one might know in the US as "Fairest Lord Jesus". However, the hymn itself did not correspond with the role this piece was meant to have in the film, so they asked if the composer would rewrite the melody for "Frozen". This rewrite resulted in the piece you can hear in the opening seconds of the film, which goes by the name "Vuelie". Apart from the melody, there are only minor changes in the other parts, and some alterations to the rythmic notation if you compare the two pieces.
As this choral piece was specially written for Disney, the music is owned by the Walt Disney Company. Based on the information we have regarding any publishing plans for the score of "Vuelie", the composer and Boosey & Hawkes is said to be trying to get the "Vuelie" from "Frozen" published. Besides this, the only way to get more information regarding this would be to get directly in touch with the publisher. To our knowledge, Disney also plans to produce for release a Choral Suite from "Frozen", and it includes "Vuelie". This Choral Suite Sheet Music will have one voicing that is the authentic music from the film with optional accompaniment, and simplified accompanied arrangements for SATB, SAB and 2-Part. Disney’s sheet music partner is Hal Leonard, which would be a good place to search if you want to keep track on when the sheet music for this Choral Suite will be out for sale.
The only published version of the original "Eatnemen Vuelie" is available from Boosey & Hawkes. We omit the synthesizer, percussion and ad lib joik, as we most often preform as a chamber choir.
We hope this is helpful to all of you who would like to share some som the magic of "Frozen", also well founded in the Norwegian culture, with us!