The Giant’s House is an original work for piano, recorder players and choir, takes around 20 minutes to perform and can ask more questions than it answers.
It is the story of a few children who are caught in a storm and seek refuge in an old house. They find an amazing room filled with dusty but fantastic toys. However, the house contains a dark secret and they are discovered by the Giant who lives there. The children, frightened and scared, expect the worst! “to be eaten, crunched and generally munched” with the Giant “having a feast on their bones!” … What follows is an unexpected turn of events, where the children’s ability to not judge by appearance not only saves them, but the Giant as well.
This work started out to as a BAG recorder work, avoiding G major, and that legacy can be spotted in a couple of the songs. However it evolved and was re-envisioned as either a choir or class project with recorders playing along whilst still managing to avoid "G".
It is easy to add other instruments, if desired and can be acted out or just sung as is. Acting directions are sparse and your imagination is encouraged.
The PREVIEW file is the first 30 seconds or so of four of the songs and the lyrics to these excerpts are at the bottom of this description.
The music is continuous however, the individual sections or songs are:
1. The Storm
2. The Door
3. Decision Time
5. The Storm Rages
6. The Toy Room
7. The Giant!
9. A Terrible Fate
11. Against Instinct
12. Don't Weep for Me
13. Escape and Return
Included in the Pack
* MP3 file of the whole work
* MP3 files with just the piano part to act as backing or performance tracks.
* MP3 files of each individual song which is a great help while learning the pieces.
* PDF of the Piano, Vocal and Recorder Score
* PDF of the Vocal Part
* PDF of the Recorder Part
* PDF of the Vocal and Recorder Part combined.
The recorder part is relatively simple using the range G to D and, apart from the occasional B-flat, can be played with one hand.
The piano part is also relatively simple except, possibly, in the storm sections where there are lots of accidentals. However, they are just block triads and are by no means difficult.
If you need anything arranged from this work, or just perhaps something new, please do not hesitate to contact us. There are plans to expand this work.
This is just one of many works I’ve written for children and adults alike. If you would like something written for you, then I am always also open to composing with any ideas that you have.
---- Lyrics for the Demo File
12. Don’t Weep for Me
Don't weep for me. See what you see.
See that before you, see the misfit that's me.
Don't cry for me. It's what must be.
People like me are never part of life's tree.
Oh see the love within my heart, see the love I see....
7. The Giant
What is this I hear below? I bet it's an intruder.
This is just so very wrong, in fact, nothing is ruder.
On their legs I'll sits, Grind their bones to bits!....
Looking 'round It's so dark, shadows creeping ev'ry wheres.
Light'ning shows, shapes expose, guarantee to scares us....
13. Escape and Return
As we walked out the door, we'd all seen a sight
that none of us could believe.
We'd seen shelves on the walls filled with toys and games,
so many we could not conceive.
We decided the giant had been wickedly wronged
and we'd tell all our folks in our world he belonged.
And the wonderful, magical place we had found....
What a wonderful, talented person he was.
Oooh. Aaah. Oooh.