yvonne, list of works - children's

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1.   A Day at the Farm (2002) for Narrator and Full Orchestra – 55 minutes

      A complete Children’s Show including a Prelude, Henrietta the Cow, Clyde the Horse, Hullabaloo, two

      Guess the Music Interludes, and a Finale (see works listed separately below).  Also available in a version

      for Narrator and Chamber Orchestra (single woodwinds, two French horns, a trumpet and trombone,

      4/4/3/3/2 strings, timpani, and two percussion).


      *  READ what Maestro Dunn had to say about "A Day at the Farm"


2.   Aesop's Fables (2008) for Narrator and Orchestra – 21 minutes total

      Collection of three of Aesop’s finest fables:  The Dove and the Ant, the Lion and the Mouse, and the Fox

      and the Crow.  













3.   A Day at the Farm: Prelude and Finale (2002) for Full Orchestra – 6 minutes each

      A lively prelude and finale for "A Day at the Farm" Children’s Show consisting of variations, and

      variations on variations, based on the theme "Old McDonald Had a Farm".  Also available in a version for

      Narrator and Chamber Orchestra.





4.   Henrietta, the Cow (1997) for Narrator and Full Orchestra – 13 minutes

      A delightful work about a silly cow who accidentally falls into a bucket of paint.  When she stands back

      up, she finds that she has a large, round blotch of bright blue paint on her rump.  Things can only get

      worse when she decides to paint the bums of her happy friends blue as well!  Also available in a version

      for Narrator and Chamber Orchestra or String Quartet.





5.   Clyde, the Horse (1999) for Narrator and Full Orchestra – 12 minutes

      An action packed story about a horse who can’t help but get into trouble when he visits a Western

      Town.  But, the listeners must pay attention, for Clyde will need help getting back home at the end of his

      adventure!  Also available in a version for Narrator and Chamber Orchestra.  





6.   Hullabaloo (2002) for Narrator and Full Orchestra – 5 minutes

      This work is a combination of poetry and very descriptive orchestral music and can be performed alone

      or as part of “A Day at the Farm” Children’s Show. Also available in a version for Narrator and Chamber

      Orchestra.


7.   Chicken Scratch (2002) for Full Orchestra – 4 minutes

      Cluck, cluck, what do you hear?  Listeners can try to imagine and guess that the animals being described

      by the music are chickens.  This is the first interlude from “A Day at the Farm” Children’s Show.  Also

      available in a version for Chamber Orchestra.





8.   Counting Sheep (2002) for Orchestra – 4 minutes

      Baa, baa, what do you hear?  Listeners can try to imagine and guess that the animals being described by

      the music are sheep grazing in the pasture.  This is the second interlude from “A Day at the Farm”

      Children’s Show.  Also available in a version for Chamber Orchestra.





9.   Buggy Eyes (2003) for Narrator and Full Orchestra – 5 minutes

      This work is a combination of poetry written by Peter Gillespie and very descriptive orchestral music.  

      Also available in a version for Narrator and Chamber Orchestra.





10.  Rain Dance (2003) for Full Orchestra – 4.5 minutes

       Drip, drop, what do you hear?  Listeners can try to imagine and guess that the music is emulating a rain

       storm in the forest.  Also available in a version for Chamber Orchestra.





11.  Buzz Off! (2003) for Full Orchestra – 4 minutes

       Bite, slap, what do you hear?  Listeners can try to imagine and guess that the insects being described by

       the music are annoying, pesky little mosquitoes and blackflies.  Also available in a version for Chamber

       Orchestra.





12.   Four Zany Poems (2010):  Music was composed to accompany four imaginative poems by Peter

        Gillespie to provide atmosphere while complementing the current actions or emotional states being

        described in the poems.  The poems have been published as a softcover book with an accompanying

        audio CD.  The CD features narration by Yvonne Gillespie accompanied by music performed by her

        Virtual Orchestra.