Jack and the bean stalk
Traditional English fairy tale retold for narrator and organ rev. 2011

Composition Date: 1997
Revision Date: 2011
Duration: 00:48:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Organ
  • 1 x Unspecified voice
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Programme Note:
The purpose of the work is to introduce young children to the pipe organ and its various sound qualities in an entertaining way, using a fairy tale as story line. After discussion with Ms. Mortensen, who suggested this project, the well-known fairy tale Jack and the Bean Stalk was chosen and adapted for a modern young audience. Though some details were changed for this purpose, I tried to preserve something of the spirit (freshness, innocence, simplicity and language) of the folk tale and not to modernize it through the use of 20th century cartoon language, styles, and gestures.

MUSIC: The pipe organ illustrates the story through themes associated with the characters and actions in the story. The character themes become transformed as the unfolding events require. The main characters have short, song-like themes which can be taught to children (at home or in schools) before the performance. A separate song book of character themes with piano accompaniment is available for this purpose.

PERFORMANCE: Only a narrator and organist are required, with a pipe organ of sufficient size and resources (diversity of manuals and stops indicated in the score) to render the necessary dynamic and timbre effects.
Registration indications are there to suggest timbre and texture. On large organs use could be made of the greater resources available (i.e. 32' stops for the Giant).
The narration plays a key role in the performance. The challenge is to captivate a young audience and to appeal to their imagination through dramatic reading. The narrator is foremost an expert reader with a sense for the dramatic but should have enough musical insight to sing the theme songs and read music in order to synchronize gestures with the music. The narrator should not act out the events, but rely on tone of voice, subtle facial expressions and gestures to suggest the actions, moods, or characters, keeping eye contact with the audience as much as possible. The text does not require memorization. The narrator uses a reading desk, decorated as a scroll, to read from. During the organ illustrations following narration, the narrator should stay involved by using subtle facial expressions and gestures, sometimes minimal upper body movement, to blend with the music - as synchronized as possible. Sound amplification is to be kept to the minimum required for clarity and balance with the organ.
Narration and organ illustration are either simultaneous or alternate. Where they are simultaneous, and asterisk (*) in the narration text indicates the start of the music (i.e. in the little songs associated with Jack, Jack's Mom,
Milky White, Rusty, Magician, Giant, Giant's Wife, Hen, and Magic Harp, and in the various instances required for dramatic effect. Timing and quick coordination between narrator and organist are essential to keep the story-line moving.
In the case of the themes that are sung by the narrator, it is essential to immitate the gesture of the music in rhythm and pitch without necessarily achieving perfect intonation.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 1101 K66ja2011
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 29, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (58 p.) ;
    58 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Narrator and Organ

    Commissioned by The Royal Canadian College of Organists
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