Abigail and the rainmaker : treble choir with piano
by Betty Beath (1975)
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Library shelf no. 782.1088054/BEA 2 [Available for loan]
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This work was designed for the primary school classroom. Every child can take part and children may be divided into groups for choir, orchestra and verse-speaking.Main characters may be taken as solo parts. The heroine Abigail is "a amall, small girl, thin and pale, you would think her far to shy to say 'boo' to a dragonfly, or...or...wink at Willie the wagtail. But when Abigail wagged her finger and looked cross the most bad tempered boar or brutish mare at a loss for what to say right then and there, would run away as far as they could resolving to be good. Away out west, far out, was the home of Abigail, a little town called Turnabout, and now as we begin our tale...the western plain has had no rain and Turnabout is in the midst of drought." Abigail meets the Rainmaker..."old and wise, calm and strong...he knows the country all around and in the small marks on the ground he reads a book that we will never even see". The Rainmaker sings up the rain..."and did it rain? Did it rain? "It came with a gust of wind over the plain, with the scent of dust and dry grass dampened. It came in a few big heavy drops...then more..."
Instrumentation: This score is an arrangement for piano and voice, intended for the teacher in a classroom situation. One section is a chant accompanied by rhythm sticks.
Duration: 20 min.
Commission note: The School's Commission made a Grant of $500.00 to the composer to assist financially during the preparation of this work which is the second in the 'Abigail' series.
Performances of this work
1975: St. Margaret's Anglican Girls' School. Featuring Betty Beath.
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