Friendly Fredrick Fuddlestone

Arnold Lobel’s delightful text and a spirited fiddle part make for a  foot-stompin’, barn-burnin’ hoedown for your young singers! SA, piano, violin (fiddle).


SA, piano, violin (fiddle). Duration: 1’30”

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(1996 Minnesota ACDA Elementary Honors Choir, Cora Scholz conducting)


Composer’s Notes

This is the third in a set of four musical settings of wonderful texts by Arnold Lobel from his book Whiskers and Rhymes.

“Friendly Fredrick Fuddlestone” is a rollicking hoedown for 2-part children’s chorus, piano and fiddle. It has been a bestseller since being published. The singers even get to do some foot-stompin’ and hand clappin’ at the end.

I was commissioned to write this set for the 1996-97 ACDA Minnesota Elementary Honors Choir, and they have since been published as separate octavos by Shawnee Press/Mark Foster Music. See “Four from ‘Whiskers and Rhymes'” for information about the entire set.