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Abigail and the bushranger

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Abigail and the bushranger : a musical story for children's voices and piano accompaniment / Betty Beath & David Cox.

by Betty Beath and David Cox (1974)

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  • Instrumentation: Children's voices, percussion. Verse-speaking chorus and choir, and solo parts for the characters:  Abigail, Driver of Coach, Lady and Gentelmen travelling in the Coach, Bushranger Frederick.
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Abigail and the Bushranger is set in the mid-nineteenth century. The heroine Abigail journey's 'to a distant town, on a long, long, road, up and down a mountain range, through country wild and strange, a journey dangerous and far...' She meets Flash Fred, a fierce bushranger, feared by young and old alike, but he has met his match the day he held up the Narrabri mailcoach and encountered the formidable Abigail.

The piece may be staged with simple costumes, set and props as indicated in the illustrations by David Cox.

This work also exists as an illustrated childrens' book Bossyboots written and illustrated by David Cox and published by The Bodley Head, Sydney, London, Auckland and by Crown, USA. It has subsequently received awards in both Australia and the USA.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (28p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Easy — This work was designed for the primary classroom. Every child can take part and children may be divided into groups for choir, percussion and verse-speaking. Main characters may be taken as solo parts.

Duration: 20 min.

Contents note:

An arrangement of this work, for voice & piano, is available for the teacher/accompanist.

Dedication note: For another Abigail
Commission info: The authors, Betty Beath & David Cox, thank the Schools Commission, Canberra, for financial assistance which allowed the preparation of this work.

First performance by Betty Beath, Betty Beath — 17 Oct 74.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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Score: Abigail and the bushranger : a musical story for children's voices and percussion accompaniment / Betty Beath & David Cox.

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