BALLAD: THE WITCH DOCTOR AND THE TWO GIANTS

for narrator and orchestra



This work for narrator and orchestra was commissioned by the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (deFilharmonie) in 1996.

In this composition for children percussion instruments are prominent. There is a very large percussion section; as well skin-, metal- as wood instruments, with or without exact pitch.
Aim of the composer was to write music that stirs up children's imagination.

Major source of inspiration was an Aboriginal myth, a thrilling and gripping story.

The work exists from 9 short scenes, where the ‘Leitmotive’ are expressed by different percussion instruments. A narrator is integrated in the musical action.

The music evolves from quiet and dreamy to heated and rhythmical parts.



RECORDINGS

Available with Wim Henderickx

SCORE

Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)





INSTRUMENTATION / EXTRA INFORMATION

for narrator and orchestra
(text: Aboriginal myth)
commissioned by the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (+/- 8’)
Instrumentation: narrator/ picc, 1, 1, engl hn, 1, bass cl, 1, cbsn/ 2, 2, 1, 1 / perc ( 4 pl) / hp/ strings
first performance: November 10, 1996 at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp
by the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (deFilharmonie)
cond. Koen Kessels






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