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The Nightingale - Teacher's Manual

An Enchanting Imperial Tale for Unison and 2-part Voices, Based on a Story by Hans Christian Andersen

By Andy Beck

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(2-Part choir; Unison choir)
An Enchanting Imperial Tale for Unison and 2-part Voices, Based on a Story by Hans Christian Andersen. Composed by Andy Beck and Brian Fisher. Arranged by orch. Steve Herold. This edition: Director's Score. Children's Musicals and Programs. Secular. Score. 76 pages. Alfred Music #00-27087. Published by Alfred Music (AP.27087).

Item Number: AP.27087

ISBN 9780739047484. English. Orchestrated by Steve Herold.

In this classic tale by famous children's writer, Hans Christian Andersen, an emperor's special friendship with a singing nightingale is tested when she flees his beautiful porcelain palace to return to her home in the Chinese forest. Feature your entire chorus as the Citizens of China, your best comedic performers as the royal Courtiers, and a special student as the non-speaking, non-singing Gongkeeper in this 40-minute literature-based musical. The dramatic story is musically and theatrically strong throughout, but especially effective when the Nightingale and the Emperor are reunited at the powerful end. * Recommended for grades 4 and up. * Performance time: approximately 40 minutes. * Staging Notes included.

  • How Beautiful! (Citizens and Emperor) 
  • Have You Seen the Nightingale? (Courtiers, Cook, Nurse) 
  • Follow Me (Little Girl, Courtiers, Off-Stage Voices) 
  • Nightingale (Little Girl and Nightingale) 
  • Festival Medley (All) 
  • Beautiful Underscore (Orchestra) 
  • The Mechanical Bird (Nightingale, Little Girl, Courtiers, Emperor) 
  • Elegy (Citizens and Courtiers) 
  • Voices of the Past (Voices of the Past) 
  • Finale (All) 
  • Bows (All) 

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