Maxwell Davies, Peter
The Rainbow (1981)
Duration: 25 minutes
Music-theatre piece for young children to sing and play with recorders,percussion,solo violin & piano
Text by the composer (E,G)
3 recorders (descant, treble, tenor)-perc(6)-solo violin-pft perc1:s.glsp perc2:a.glsp perc3:chime bars/bicycle bell/klaxon perc4:wdbl/tamb/cast perc5:susp.cym/wdbl/tpl.bl perc6:BD/tam-t(or gong)
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.
Academy Hall, Stromness, Orkney
Conductor: Janet Halsall
Company: Pupils of Stromness Primary School
This is effectively a little opera, inviting a 'cheap and cheerful' presentation, drawing on the artistic as well as the musical skills of those taking part, who will probably be primary- or middle-school children. No elaborate costumes, props or stage effects are required and the work is designed to be performed in a school hall, in daylight where convenient. A curtain to start and finish is unnecessary. The only 'set' should be a huge painted rainbow behind the action and present throughout. This will, ideally, be made by the children themselves, as will the masks worn by members of the chorus as they assume their different roles. The chorus is on stage at all times, taking part in the action as directed. Members of the chorus are required to move the cut-out traffic across the stage as indicated in the score. This 'traffic' is also preferably made by the children.