Palace of the Snow Queen



Composer(s) / Arranger(s): Jason A. Spraggins

Performance Time: 2:56  |  Grade: 2  |  Style: Contemporary

This piece was inspired by the original fairy tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The tale, comprised of seven stories, was first published December 1844. The seventh story opens in the Palace of the Snow Queen, where two young children defeat the evil Queen through the power of love and friendship.

Hans Christian Anderson describes the Snow Queen’s Palace, writing...

The walls of the palace were of driving snow, and the windows and doors of cutting winds. There were more than a hundred halls there, according as the snow was driven by the winds. The largest was many miles in extent; all were lighted up by the powerful Aurora Borealis, and all were so large, so empty, so icy cold, and so resplendent! Mirth never reigned there; there was never even a little bear–ball, with the storm for music, while the polar bears went on their hindlegs and showed off their steps. Never a little tea–party of white young lady foxes; vast, cold, and empty were the halls of the Snow Queen. The northern–lights shone with such precision that one could tell exactly when they were at their highest or lowest degree of brightness. In the middle of the empty, endless hall of snow, was a frozen lake; it was cracked in a thousand pieces, but each piece was so like the other, that it seemed the work of a cunning artificer. In the middle of this lake sat the Snow Queen when she was at home; and then she said she was sitting in the Mirror of Understanding, and that this was the only one and the best thing in the world.

-From "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson, 1844

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