Jens Wendelboe
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1 H2O H2O, is another composition commissioned by Frank Eliassen at Halsen Symphonic Youth band in 1997 and also funded by “The Composers Association of Norway”. H2O is composed in a melodic sounding language. In this composition I’ve wanted to describe the different modes and elements of water. Starting with raindrops going into small streams, the composition moves further through springs, waterfalls, romantic lakes to large rivers, temperamental waters, big waves and heroic oceans. H2O is orchestrated both for symphony orchestra and, as on this CD, for symphonic band plus electric bass and synthesizer.
2 FAT BRASS It describes itself. The style of this composition works very well in a church setting through its sacral yet contra-point manner. This is written for 4 trumpets, 4 French horns and 4 trombones.
3 PAGINA Pagina, is written in a bitonal style. It is one of my first compositions written in 1978 for symphony orchestra. It is a dedication to the oboe player and conductor Mr. Tom Clausen who unfortunately passed away much too early. PAGINA means page in Latin. A page in a book or in life? At that point in life I found it important not to describe to the audience what the composition contained but to let the audience judge for themselves. PAGINA was re-orchestrated for FMKV for this very project.
4 A LOOK INSIDE A Look Inside, was commissioned by Christiania Brass Quintet in 1999. They wanted me to write something more challenging and melodic than the rest of their repertoire, which was more contemporary. A LOOK INSIDE works very well in a church setting and consists of 3 parts in one movement. A LOOK INSIDE was a blast to compose and I sincerely hope that you will enjoy listening to this piece. I do!
5 The Opposite Of One (Movement 1)Soloist: Aage Kvalbein (cello) This concerto is in three movements, where each of the movements contains a contrasting melody to the main theme. The idea with the concerto was to write itinsuch a way that all the movementscontained three different styles of music. This was done because Aage masters these different styles beautifully.The 1st movement is written in a popular styles. The 2nd movement is very melancholic and written in a classical style and the 3rd movement is very temperamental and written more in a contemporary style. This concerto was commissioned by Aage Kvalbein and funded by “The Composers Association of Norway” and was finalized for the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra on June 1- 1995. It was then re-orchestrated for FMKV plus a piano for this very project in the beginning of year 2000.
6 The Opposite Of One (Movement 2) The 2nd movement is very melancholic and written in a classical style.
7 The Opposite Of One (Movement 3) The 3rd movement is very temperamental and written more in a contemporary style.

Jens Wendelboe is one of the most versatile musicians to be found. He is working as a trombonist, composer, arranger, conductor and instructor both in classical, popular music, jazz and contemporary music.
Jens Wendelboe was educated at Østlandske Music Conservatory in Oslo, Norway and got his Bachelor Degree – Classical Trombone in 1979 followed by a Master Degree in Composition and Film Scoring at Manhattan School of Music in New York, N.Y. in 1985. His education also includes individual studies with Don Sebesky (Film Score), Michael Gibbs (composition), Ed Green (Film Score), Denis Wick, Bill Watrous and Arild Jensen (Trombone).
Wendelboe has conducted and/or performed in most of the popular musicals like A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Cats, Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story.
He has conducted, orchestrated and performed in a large number of shows for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and numerous shows abroad featuring artists like Michael Bolton, Cliff Richards, Engelbert Humperdink, Al Jarreau, Neil Sedaka,Tony Bennett, Tanita Takaram and Diana Ross.
During the years 1993, 1994 and 1995 Jens Wendelboe was touring with Donna Summer in USA, Europe, Latin America and Japan as musical director and conductor.
Footnote: I have sometimes had the opportunity to perform with a big band and a symphonic band simultaneously, and I’ve found that the following charts work very well for that purpose: OVERTURE, STROLLING, SUMMER OPENING, SUSANNAS WALTZ, BANQUERS, FAT BRASS and WHAT A TRIP.