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Five Cats and a Porcupine

  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Ideal for Education”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -

Also available: McAlister and Wood: The Lion and the Mouse (Wind Quintet and Narrator); Harris: The Unhappy Aardvark (Wind Quintet and Narrator)

These pieces are ideal for educational work as they all use the concept of musical recognition through a story line. A narrator is essential for the performance here. The Lion and the Mouse is an Aesop fable, quite short and uses thematic material for the characters rather than instrument association. It is very approachable for both players and listeners. In The Unhappy Aardvark the music is used to illustrate the various scenes in the narrative and this piece could be played by a good school quintet. Five Cats and a Porcupine is a more complex work with each cat being depicted by one instrument and the piano filling in the texture. There are demonstration suggestions and as the story is quite captivating this should keep even a younger audience occupied throughout.

From the Publisher

This is a story of five stray cats who have found a home, but are surprised by the sudden appearance of a porcupine in their midst! Each cat is portrayed by an instrument in the wind quintet. This piece is a marvelous way to introduce and demonstrate the instruments of the quintet, and is very entertaining for people of all ages.

Difficulty guide: 9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).



Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Oboe
  • Part 3: Bb Clarinet
  • Part 4: French Horn
  • Part 5: Bassoon
  • Part 6: Piano
  • Part 7: Narrator
Category: Music for Wind Group With Piano
Publisher: ALRY Publications
Publisher's reference: CM63
Our Stock Code: 1135312
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts