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Three Fun Fables for Narrator and Orchestra or Mixed Octet

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.

  Carl Lewis narrating the orchestral premiere of 
The Tortoise and the Hare with the Haddonfield Symphony, 
  Daniel Hege conducting

last updated February 22, 2020