Music by Daniel Dorff

PROGRAM NOTES by the composer
Three Fun Fables for Narrator and Orchestra or Mixed Octet (11')

1. The Fox and the Crow (featuring Trumpet and Contrabass)
2. The Dog and his Reflection (featuring Trombone and Violin/Harp/Percussion)
3. The Tortoise and the Hare
(featuring Contrabassoon and Clarinet)

 

 
  Letter from Philadelphia Orchestra's Music Director
Wolfgang Sawallisch  following his premiere
of the orchestral version of
Three Fun Fables
THREE FUN FABLES is a suite of humorous Aesop tales, commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzerts series which has performed the suite over 150 times. 

The 3rd fable, THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE is often performed separately.

The original Minnesota octet version is scored for Clarinet, Bassoon doubling  Contrabassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Bass, Percussion, and Harp (which is the Histoire du Soldat ensemble plus Harp). 

The orchestration was commissioned and premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra with music director Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting. Performances of just THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE have been given by the Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and many other orchestras.

Because Aesop's stories, as well as the music, work both on childlike and more adult levels, THREE FUN FABLES is equally suitable for "grownup" concerts and has been performed to great response on the Chicago Symphony's chamber series. 

Each movement of THREE FUN FABLES is a study in musical contrasts, particularly THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE, and each character of each fable has a clearly recognizable theme and instrument. For this reason, pre-concert preparation can address these educational objectives.

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THREE FUN FABLES is featured on THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE & OTHER TALES CD, now available at amazon.com and other leading retailers!

Rossen Milanov conducts the Symphony in C, featuring Ann Crumb and Ukee Washington as narrators in Blast Off!, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Billy and the Carnival, and Three Fun Fables.

Dorff's narrated stories entertain adults as well as children and are frequently performed at concerts around the world, while introducing young listeners to the sounds of an orchestra. Perfect for holiday and birthday gifts, music education classes, and plain old enjoyment!

 
- AUDIO EXCERPTS - THE FOX AND THE CROW (octet version)
         
1) The crow singing proudly (featuring Kurt Muroki on the amazing bass solo)
          2) The fox planning how to get the cheese from the crow
- AUDIO EXCERPTS - THE DOG AND HIS REFLECTION (octet version)
          1) The dog... 
          2) ... and his reflection 
- AUDIO EXCERPTS - THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE (octet version)
         
1) Introducing the tortoise and the hare
          2) The hare falls asleep...
- AUDIO EXCERPTS from the Philadelphia Orchestra premiere:
     
     from Mvt 1
           from Mvt 2
           from Mvt 3
 
  Carl Lewis narrating the orchestral premiere of 
 
The Tortoise and the Hare with the Haddonfield Symphony, 
  Daniel Hege conducting
 
last updated 7/13/15
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