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An Oratorio for Children
Music by ANDREW PEGGIE
Lyrics by STEPHEN CLARK
|Cast:||4 principals + two choruses|
|Suggested Age Range:||8 to 15|
|Approx. Running Time:||35 minutes|
|Music:||Piano accompaniment throughout, best enhanced by bass or bass guitar; alternatively a synthesizer may be used. Essential parts for four percussion players (mostly Latin American or Orff-type). Parts are also available for 2 recorders, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 violins, 'cello and electronic keyboard.|
|Set:||.Minimal. Can be performed as a concert piece or staged using lighting effects or with an Arctic backdrop.|
|Synopsis:|| Alaska, October 1988.
A trio of grey whales are trapped within a small patch of coastal sea which is
rapidly freezing over. Local people try to cut a passage through the ice but
their resources cannot cope. American forces are drafted in to help - and with
them come news reporters and TV cameras.
The race against time becomes serious and, in a rare example of East-West collaboration, a Soviet ice-breaker joins the struggle. The smallest whale disappears before the completion of a passage - which then freezes over again before the others have reached the end. The assumption is that they find open sea but no-one can ever be sure.
WHALE SONG recounts this remarkable true story as a musical parable of the benefits of co-operation and trust.
|Chorus Part:||Code A|
|Licence to Copy:||Code Y|
|Piano / Vocal Score:||Code G|
Band Parts - please enquire
|Rehearsal Cassette:||Code F|
|Past Performance Cassette:||Code E|
|Performance Rights:||Code Y|
|Video Recording Licence:||Code H|
ISBN 978 1 872475 65 3