This children's work for narrator and orchestra utilizes the imaginative poetry of Peter Gillespie accompanied by very descriptive orchestral music and can be performed alone or as part of A Day at the Farm Children’s Show.
The score is available for rental or purchase from the Canadian Music Centre (416) 961-6601 or visit http://www.musiccentre.ca.
Instrumentation: Narrator and Full or Chamber Orchestra
Duration: 5 minutes
Hullabaloo in the Clouds
The sun peeks through the misty morning
breaking restful sleep,
silence fills this lull of day,
my world is so at peace
But then a screech, a squawk, a squeal
a crinkle and a crack,
what ruckus can be happening
in my farmyard out back?
I leap from my bed to view the muddle
which surely must prevail,
but when I reach my windowsill
no squeaks do I reveal!
The barnyard pens are quiet now
calm and so serene
So where was all the noise I heard?
It’s nowhere to be seen!
Finding nothing out of place
I look into the sky,
to see the big white puffs collide
“Hey”, a barnyard’s floating by!
But wait! I see there’s discontent
it’s growing, oh so big,
the pigs are riding on the backs
of horses doing jigs!
A cow stands up to do ballet
a rooster on its’ nose,
but down he falls upon the ground
from tripping on some crows!
And look a sheep is barking at
a dog who’s marching by,
beating on his drum of white
up in the misty sky
Oh no, I think I’m going mad
it’s such a messed up jumble,
all my fluffy animals
watch out! They’re going to rumble!
I think I now know where I heard
the shrieks that rang out loud,
it was the cloud-yard shouting out
what a Hullabaloo!
© 2002 Peter Gillespie