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Hans Christian Andersen - A Classical Suite for Children - August 16, 2012

When I was a little girl, I had an old book that had belonged to my mother when she was a little girl in Sugar Tree, Tennessee. It was a volume of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. 


How I loved that book! I read the stories over and over. And I still love those stories. Now I usually read them on my iPad.

I don't know what happened to that beautiful old book. The book cover was a muted shade of turquoise, which was coincidentally my favorite color (my bedroom was painted turquoise when I was a little girl.) It was not a picture book, but it did have a very few lovely color plates illustrating a handful of stories.

 

My favorite tales were The Little Mermaid, The Swans, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Little Fir Tree. One day, I asked my mother which stories had been her favorites when she was a little girl. She promptly replied, "Big Claus and Little Claus and The Emperor's New Clothes."



I did not know until recently that Hans Christian Andersen also wrote his autobiography. I've been reading it, also on my iPad. He was, I believe, a true gentle man in old Copenhagen. 



Both his autobiography and his fairy stories are now free downloads, courtesy of the wonderful Gutenberg Project.


Today, I'm releasing, on the Music Page of this website, the first few pieces in a suite of new classical music I am composingf based on the life and fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen.  I will have selections from the Hans Christian Andersen Suite up on iTunes in the next couple of weeks. 


In the meanwhile, I hope you and your children enjoy Lily Cat.  I would love to hear from any of you and, in fact, especially would welcome any of your REVIEWS of Lily Cat.  I'd like to publish some of your comments and reviews on this website.


Thanks.  

Be Well and Good Luck, 


Martha Maria  

P.S.  Today, August 16th, is coincidentally my mother's birthday.  Were she still living, she would be 88.  Rest in Peace, Mommy Jean

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