Narrator, Clarinet, Recorders, Children’s Voices, Piano
Composed as a tour de force for clarinettist Emma Johnson, Dove’s musical retelling of Robert Browning’s The Pied Piper was conceived as a work that could involve musical children in the drama. In the original performance Johnson played the clarinet part and narrated the story, while children from Southampton Music Service and schools sang and played recorders – as the voices of children or the squeal of rats. Dove has supplied easy parts for beginner recorder players while more advanced players may form a consort.
Text by Robert Browning
Commissioned by Turner Sims, Southampton, with support from Southampton Music Services and Southampton Schools Music Association
First performance: 28th March 2012, Emma Johnson (clarinet and narrator), John Lenehan (piano), Turner Sims, Southampton.