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The peasant prince : A symphonic tale

by Katy Abbott (2009)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

This work of 32 minutes is a story based on the best selling book by Li Cunxin, Mao's Last Dancer. The Peasant Prince is an inspiring story by the same author. The work for narrator and orchestra is thematic in nature and develops these themes which are identifiable throughout. This work was commissioned for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Education Series 2009 and could be used in an education or series setting - for families or adults. The Peasant Prince won Australian Picture Book of the Year 2008. The work has been performed in a number of orchestral settings with Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras as well as MusicPlay Festival.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Narrator, flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns in F, trumpet, trombone, tuba, timp, percussion (2 players), harp, strings (8.6.4.3.2 - suggested strength).

Duration: 32 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Introduction -- Kite Themes -- Frog in the Well -- Home and School -- Beijing -- USA -- Dance of My Life.

Dedication note: To Kipling, Finnegan and Zeke Abbott. In the hope they may know their dreams and have the courage to follow them.

Commission note: Commissioned by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

First performance: by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Cameron Goodall, Benjamin Northey at The Peasant Prince (Grainger Studio) on 7 May 2009

Performances of this work

15 Jan 2015: at The Peasant Prince (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). Featuring Melbourne Recital Centre Orchestra, Brett Kelly.

6 Jun 2014: at TSO: The Peasant Prince (Federation Concert Hall, Hobart). Featuring Benjamin Northey, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

9 May 2009: at The Peasant Prince (Grainger Studio). Featuring Cameron Goodall, Benjamin Northey, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

9 May 2009: at The Peasant Prince (Grainger Studio). Featuring Cameron Goodall, Benjamin Northey, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

8 May 2009: at The Peasant Prince (Grainger Studio). Featuring Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Cameron Goodall, Benjamin Northey.

8 May 2009: at The Peasant Prince (Grainger Studio). Featuring Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Cameron Goodall, Benjamin Northey.

7 May 2009: at The Peasant Prince (Grainger Studio). Featuring Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey, Cameron Goodall.

7 May 2009: at The Peasant Prince (Grainger Studio). Featuring Benjamin Northey, Cameron Goodall, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

7 May 09: Grainger Studio, Adelaide. Featuring Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey, Cameron Goodall.

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