Aesop's Fables (1993)
II. The Hare and the Tortoise
III. The Fox and the Grapes
IV. The Ants and the Grasshopper
V. The Oak and the Reeds
VI. The Milkmaid and her Pail
Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet
flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, 2 percussion, strings, and narrator
Duration: 22'28" (ca. 3 minutes each)
Conductors may select any number of fables for performance or present the complete set.
Richard Maltz Music (ASCAP)
"Aesop's Fables was a big hit for our School Day concerts. Not only did the kids enjoy it, but the teachers appreciated that it afforded cross-curricular possibilities. Your charming, well-crafted depictions are really great and were such fun for both the audience and musicians."
John Strickler, Music Director
Gulf Coast MS Symphony
"Fables is a wonderfully crafted work. I think that it is particularly suited to a chamber orchestra much on the same scale as Peter and the Wolf. I look forward to using it again in the future."
Donald Spieth, Music Director
Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra
"We are delighted to perform Aesop's Fables and integrate the work as a foundation element of our Music for Young People's program for the local school district. Thank you for giving life to these musical stories."
Darlene A. Dreyer, Executive Director
Garden State Philharmonic
Aesop’s Fables are light musical vignettes. Their descriptive and colorful character makes them attractive to the young musical ear.
Aesop’s Fables was composed to introduce the instruments of the orchestra to elementary students and to teach them about the elements of music.
Aesop’s Fables Educational Companion and Compact Disc Recording is designed to help educators prepare their students to attend and enjoy a live performance of Aesop’s Fables by their local symphony orchestra. Each fable on the Compact Disc Recording is preceded by excerpts of its main musical themes.
The Aesop’s Fables Educational Companion and Compact Disc Recording may be used in several ways:
1. Collaborate with your local symphony orchestra to prepare for a live concert performance.
2. Include a local dance company with the orchestral performance. Aesop’s Fables is especially entertaining when choreographed.
3. Collaborate with a dance company without orchestra. The dancers can rehearse and perform to the compact disc recording.
4. Incorporate the Companion and CD into your curriculum without collaboration.