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An Oratorio for Children



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.

Price Codes:

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

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