GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE BEARS

 

Music by Kurt Schwertsik

Text adapted by Donald Sturrock

For narrator/s and symphony orchestra

30 minutes

Published by Boosey and Hawkes

"A series of beautifully crazed dances"

The Scotsman
“[Schwertsik’s] colourful, rhythmically pungent interpretations delivered… wit and originaility”
The Herald
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a flexible and witty work of music theatre. Its composer, Kurt Schwertsik, born in 1935 and now the doyen of Viennese composers, is a brilliant orchestrator with a formidably impish sense of humour. Goldilocks is a series of subversive dances, interludes and melodramas written for a conventional chamber orchestra. The action is set in a forest courtroom with an animal judge and jury, and features a family of bears who turn the tables on the would-be litigant, Miss Goldie Locks.

ORCHESTRATION

1 or more Narrator/s

Symphony orchestra:

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The work can be presented in staged, semi-staged or concert versions. It also appears in a concert suite called Goldilocks Dances.

TRANSLATIONS

German and Dutch

 

RECORDINGS

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/Russell Davies

 

 

 

For more about Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes:

http://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/stories/1980s/revolting-rhymes

PERFORMANCES

WORLD PREMIERE

Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Gruber,

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 1997

 

In 2000 a recording was made by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.

 

Recent performances have taken place in Switzerland, The Netherlands, Austria, the UK and the USA.

Link to a video of Goldilocks from the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest:

http://www.sasmas.nl/performance2.htm