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Arnaldo's Lessons In Treeland

from Music For Bedtime by Timothy Ballan



Part of a compilation of (synthesized as of yet) lullaby-like, cinematic instrumental music, this is a piece for a brass-less orchestra meant to tell the story of a boy, Arnaldo, who wakes up in a giant nest in a giant tree after somehow losing consciousness while playing in the woods during a thunderstorm. When he wakes up, Arnaldo notices that the tree he is on is interconnected with similar giant trees for as far as he can see, and he thinks how much he would rather live up in this "treeland" than in the rough neighborhood where he does live. However, Arnaldo soon meets the owners of the nest where he awoke, giant flying bears, who give Arnaldo advice and have a large prayer ceremony for him, to help him understand that he must face reality. After the prayer ceremony, he wakes up in his bed in his home, and he suddenly feels ready to accept the challenge of the real world before him.

The written score of this piece is available at: scribd.com/timotree


from Music For Bedtime, released January 13, 2015


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Timothy Ballan Springfield, Massachusetts

I am a composer, performer, teacher, writer, and youth worker.  In terms of my music, I am most influenced by Western and non-Western folk music, melodic cinematic music, and minimalism.

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