The pied piper of Hamelin
The children’s concert The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a creative telling of the story in nine vignettes for flute, clarinet, and bassoon by the American composer Mike Curtis (b. 1952).
The Pied Piper of Hamelin is the titular character of a legend from the town of Hamelin, Germany. The legend dates back to the Middle Ages, the earliest references describing a piper, dressed in multi colored clothing, who was a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizens refuse to pay for this service, he retaliates by using his instrument's magical power on their children, leading them away as he had the rats.
Taffelpikene premiered the concert the 26th of August 2016 at the medieval festival “Middelalderuka i Numedal”, and have later performed it at numerous occasions.