The peasant prince : A symphonic tale
by Katy Abbott (2009)
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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.
Instrumentation: Narrator, flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns in F, trumpet in B flat, trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings (18.104.22.168.2 - suggested strength).
Duration: 32 min.
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.
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