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Classical Kids Storytime: 'The Bremen Town Musicians'

Classical Kids Storytime's 'The Bremen Town Musicians' is based on a German fairy tale published in 'Grimms' Fairy Tales.' Nancy Carlson for MPR
9min : Classical Kids Storytime: The Bremen Town Musicians

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What happens when four musical animals set off an adventure together and stumble upon a gang of thieves? Find out in the hilarious tale The Bremen Town Musicians. It's the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime, with music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Felix Mendelssohn and Gioachino Rossini, and illustrations by Nancy Carlson.

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Our telling of The Bremen Town Musicians includes excerpts from the following recordings:

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Donald Johanos

Felix Mendelssohn: Overture from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra, Christian Pollack

Attributed to Gioachino Rossini: "The Cats' Duet"
Elisabeth Soderstrom & Kerstin Meyer, sopranos Jan Eyron, piano

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

Cedric King Palmer: "Pioneer Country"

Credits

Narrator: Scott Blankenship, with Valerie Kahler
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: Jeffrey Yelverton
Social media producer: Brooke Knoll
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

Classical Kids Storytime: The Bremen Town Musicians Nancy Carlson for MPR
The old donkey is having a hard time doing his job. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The angry farmer blocked the door to the stable. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The donkey decides to become a singer. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The donkey meets the hound under a shady tree. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The puppies get to sleep by the fire. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The puppies yipping and yapping and brawling keeps the hound awake. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The donkey and the hound set off side by side. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The bedraggled old cate is chased into the river by a hoard of mice. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The old cat joins the donkey and the hound to the city to become singers. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The trio came across a rooster cock-a-doodle-doo-ing in the middle of the road. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The rooster tells a story about his horrible boss. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The Bremen Town musicians come across a small cabin in the woods. Nancy Carlson for MPR
A group of thieves are having a feast in the cabin. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The donkey, hound, cat and rooster start to sing as loud as they could. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The men run in terror out of the house as fast as they could. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The musicians notice scary-looking knives, stacks of gold coins, and a chest full of sliver. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The donkey gave the robber a kick as the rooster cock-a-doodle-doo-ed. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The robber head a judge yelling 'Off to jail with you!' Nancy Carlson for MPR
Classical Kids Storytime's 'The Bremen Town Musicians' is based on a German fairy tale published in 'Grimms' Fairy Tales.' Nancy Carlson for MPR

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