"Dreams come true" - Cantus sings the opening song in the animation movie "Frozen" from Disney!
At Thanksgiving this year's big Disney movie, "Frozen" had its premiere in the US, and the premiere i Norway will be at the 25th. of december. The movie is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale "The Snow Queen". The movie is set in a Norwegian winter landscape, and revolves around three characters' epic journey, and their battle against the elements, while searching for whoever is behind the eternal winter the kingdom is suffering under. The movie is full of elements from the Nordic culture, and is greatly inspired by Norway. Both Viking ships, stave churches, the cathedral Nidarosdomen and Norwegian speaking trolls will greet us from the screen this winter.
How Disney heard about Cantus is in itself a fairytale. Christophe Beck, who is the composer for “Frozen” with songs from Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, wanted to use Nordic music as the inspiration for the music in “Frozen”. In late Spring 2012, the “Frozen” filmmakers traveled to Norway to find inspiration. They then found the female choir Cantus and the choral piece "Eatnemen Vuelie" from the CD Norwegian Voices (2011). “Eatnemen Vuelie” was originally written by Frode Fjellheim, a composer and musician located in Trondheim. Disney and Cantus reached anagreement to record a new choral piece inspired by "Eatnemen Vuelie", entitled “Vuelie”, written by Frode Fjellheim and “Frozen”s score composer, Christophe Beck, especially for this movie. The piece creates the musical background in opening sequence of the movie, and Cantus can therefore be said to literally set the tone for the movie.
We in Cantus and our conductor Tove Ramlo-Ystad is honored to take part in what may turn out to be one of Disney's greatest productions. It is also very special to take part with Norwegian music, and the music of Cantus, in a movie which is directly inspired by our own culture. Below, you can hear the original verion of Vuelie, Eatnemen Vuelie.
And as a last note, we in Cantus wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!