The Sleeping Giant
for small orchestra

Composition Date: 2010
Duration: 00:06:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:
After CBC's recent "Seven Wonders of Canada" competition, I was quite taken with the support of the Thunder Bay community for the Sleeping Giant. I decided to write this piece for the legend. Here is the story: Nanabosho the giant and son of the West wind was a hero to the Ojibwe tribe for saving them from the Sioux. One day he scratched a rock and discovered silver. Nanabosho knew the white men would take over the land for this silver so he swore his tribe to secrecy and buried the silver. One of the chieftains decided to make himself silver weapons and was soon after killed by the Sioux. He must have passed along the silver secret as several days later a Sioux warrior was spotted in a canoe leading two white men towards the silver. Nanabosho disobeyed the Great Spirit and raised a storm which killed the men. As punishment he was turned to stone and lies watching over his silver secret.

Commissioned by: Toronto Symphony Orchestra


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 R521sle
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 5, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (33 p.) ;
    33 Pages
    Height: 36 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 61
    20 parts ([61] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Small orchestra; instrumentation: 2222 2210 1 piano strings
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