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This is the website of Byte-town Fyfer. It lists the currently available musical and other works of Sjef Frenken. If you want to know a bit more about him, click on BIO. But he won’t mind if you don’t.
Hot off the press: Sjef Frenken’s second collection of short stories entitled Corvus and Other Stories — 37 tales of truths, half-truths and outright lies that challenge the reader to tell which is which. As a bonus, the book includes a brief dramatic sketch by the author’s son Tycho, which alone is worth the purchase price, especially if you are looking to produce or perform in a short theatrical drama with an oriental setting. The book must be good because none of the purchasers has yet demanded his money back. Half its appeal is the very reasonable price; the other half is its tremendous cover — have a look under the rubric Writings. Buy a copy now, while we still have a few. Get two, and keep one in reserve as a birthday or Christmas gift for a friend. And if you have more than one friend, we have anticipated that possibility in the Order section.
Work continues apace on two projects:
A word about the concept behind the series SONGS FOR THE INNER CHILD:
Ever since 1962, Sjef Frenken has searched out the best in English-language poetry for children for the purposes of setting these gems to music. Most of these verses date from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. This was a time when (in the words of John Updike*)... in England Lewis Carroll, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Rudyard Kipling all wrote stories and poems for children to read. They did not do it offhand, or with a sly smile, but in earnest, with all the skill and wisdom they had, as if their lives depended upon it which in a way they did.” This was a time when children of the well-to-do were reared by nannies whose tasks included introducing their charges to the world of poetry. And while these poems were written for youngsters, there is a lot of material that will appeal to adults: recollections of their own youth as well as poignant and beautiful language from the pens of some of the world's greatest wordsmiths. The music has elements of the folk tradition as well as links to the light classics. Percy Grainger comes to mind.
The collection of songs totals more than 250 so far. Now that the Lear CD has been released, there will still be more than 150 songs left to record. The composer hopes to live long enough to finish the task.
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