“Ideal for Education”
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 level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).