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Goldilocks and the Three Bears for Narrator and Orchestra or Mixed Octet

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS was commissioned for the Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzerts series, given 51 performances during the 2000-01 season, and encored for another 50 in 2006-07.

The octet version is scored for Flute, Clarinet, Bass Trombone, Violin, Cello, Bass, Percussion, and Harp. The orchestral version uses winds by 1's.

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS follows the traditional story until the last scene. Rather than running away from her misdeeds, Goldilocks apologizes to the bears, explaining that she was lost, scared and hungry, and Goldilocks fixes the broken chair and cooks them their first-ever pancake breakfast and they become friends.

GOLDILOCKS gives clear demonstrations of low-middle-high contrasts, corresponding to large-middle-small sizes of instruments and bears, allowing for pre-concert preparation and music education objectives. The bears' themes are variations of each other (4/4 walking music with a Viennese feel), and are clearly linked to specific instruments, allowing further education objectives, while the Goldilocks theme is in a very feminine French-sounding 9/8.


last updated February 20, 2020