"Dan Goeller's story gives wings to Oscar Wilde's enchanting story" --Keith Lockhart, Conductor, Boston Pops Orchestra"The Selfish Giant is a musical, artistic and literary tour de force. I can't think of any age group who would not be thoroughly enthralled..."
--Greg Nelson, seven-time Grammy winning songwriter and producer
"This book with an accompanying CD is so far beyond the traditional 'read along' book...librarians shouldn't wait, but should add this to their collection immediately." --Bettye Fowler Kerns, Head of Main Library Central Arkansas"The story is so beautifully set with music that is captivating."
--Joseph Mechavich, Principal Conductor & Music Director of the Kentucky Opera"Brilliant, charming, colorful, and comforting, Dan Goeller's treatment of the Oscar Wilde classic is alive with adventure, humor, and a powerful lesson."
--Randy Edwards, Founder & Director of Programs for YouthCUE
From the Author
I remember hearing Oscar Wilde's story The Selfish Giant
as a child. As a parent, I rediscovered this story when I read it to my two young daughters. The beauty of the story brought tears to my eyes. I decided to adapt the story for orchestra and narrator. First, I divided the story into sections, much like the script for a play. Then I decided where the music would underscore the narrated story and where it would capture the story's action without the words.
Once I decided how the music would interact with the story, I listed all the characters. I paired orchestra instruments with the characters, making sure each instrument imitated the personality or sound of each character. For example, the flute and the piccolo imitate the birds that "sang so sweetly." For the Giant, I chose the largest instrument in the brass family, the tuba. The oboe portrays the wistful flower that pokes its head up from the grass.
In addition to the timbre, or sound, of the instruments, I also used special techniques to portray story elements. For example tremolos, the shimmering sound of the violins, imitate the delicate falling of the Snow's white cloak over the grass. For Jack Frost's brush painting the trees silver, listen for the fast flurry of clarinets. The clatter of hail can be heard in the plucking of the strings, a technique called pizzicato. The North Wind roars about in the smeary slides of the trombone section.
It is my sincere hope that this new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic fairy tale will become a treasured story for your family as it has for mine.