The legend of the first rabbit
a Canadian Indian legend

Mary Gardiner
Composer
Mary Gardiner
Composition Date: 1987
Duration: 00:19:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s), Keyboard / String Bowed

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Other voice
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:

Mary Gardiner

Legend of the First Rabbit, 1987

Commissioned by: Ardeleana Chamber Trio


“I was asked to compose a work for the trio and a narrator, ‘suitable for children of all ages.’ It seemed a daunting task – finding the right story and setting it to appropriate music. But once I discovered the imaginary legend explaining the rabbit’s appearance, setting it to music became an exciting challenge: a drum would be necessary to help frame the story; the cello would have a native-like theme and the flute, of course, would be the rabbit. It all fell into place. The resulting work has happily exceeded all my expectations and I am delighted that there is now a French version as well.”



Premiere Information:
December 4, 1987, St. Andrew's Church, Toronto; Ardeleana Trio, Eric Donkin, narrator.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 1215 G223Le
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s), Keyboard / String Bowed
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 25, 1990
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ([1], 40 p.) ; 39 cm.
    41 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For narrator, flute, piano and 'cello.
    Words in English.
    Holograph (photocopy); original in CMC Toronto.
    Commissioned by the Ardeleana Trio.
    Duration: 19:00
    Indigenous Themes

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