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The Money Box : Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen

by John Spence (2005)

Audio Sample

Performance by Wollongong Symphony Orchestra from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 108.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 108.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 108.

Library shelf no. CD 3066 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The Money Box takes the story of Hans Christian Andersen's The Money Box and tells the tale with instrumental characters. The money pig is depicted by the solo muted New York sounding trumpet. The rag doll is a combination of the clarinet and woodblock. Several secret quotes are imbedded in the score for those who know lots of songs about money. The music comes to a crashing end when the the money pig falls and the coins are scattered.

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: Orchestra

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commisioned by the Wollongong Conservatorium

First performance: by Wollongong Symphony Orchestra — 2 Apr 05. Wollongong Town Hall

Performances of this work

2 Apr 05: Wollongong Town Hall. Featuring Wollongong Symphony Orchestra.

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