The Three Billy Goats Gruff
for narrator and string quintet
text adapted by Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio
Commissioned by the Cactus Pear Music Festival
Recorded by Cactus Pear Music Festival, Timothy Jones, narrator
Recorded by Conservatory aan Zee in Flemish, Bart Picqueur, conductor, Katelijne d'Haenens, Elke Parmentier, Nancy Zwaenepoel, narrators
Three Billy Goats Gruff excerpt (English)

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Available on the CD Klassic4Kids. Request from Cactus Pear Music Festival
Three Billy Goats Gruff excerpt (Flemish)

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Available on the CD Red Poppy and the Yellow Rose. Request from Contact Page
Duration: 10' 30"
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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.