The Three Billy Goats Gruff
for narrator and string quintet
music by James Scott Balentine
text adapted by Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio
Commissioned by the Cactus Pear Music Festival

Recorded by Cactus Pear Music Festival, Timothy Jones, narrator; Available on the CD Klassic4Kids.
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Translation in Flemish by Conservatory aan Zee, Ostend, Belgium.
Bart Picqueur, conductor, Katelijne d'Haenens, Elke Parmentier, Nancy Zwaenepoel, narrators.
Available on the CD Red Poppy and the Yellow Rose. Order from Guildhian Music
Three Billy Goats Gruff (English)
Three Billy Goats Gruff (Flemish)
Duration: 10' 30"
Full Score pdf
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Composer's Notes:
The Three Billy Goats Gruff was commissioned by the Cactus Pear Festival for the Kinder Konzerts Series in San Antonio. It is a mini-drama, a narrative for string quartet, solo bass and narrator. It was first performed at the Empire Theater in San Antonio, Texas, in September of 2003, with baritone Timothy Jones narrating. The ugly, greedy old Troll is portrayed by the solo bass (first performed by bassist Steve Zeserman), who offers a musical dialogue with the clever Billy Goats (played by the Cactus Pear string quartet - Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, artistic director) as the narrator tells the story.