Oscar Wilde; Dan Goeller The Selfish Giant

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The Selfish Giant

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After many years of being away, a giant returns home to find children have been playing in his garden every afternoon. Now he must decide if he will share his large, lovely garden or keep its beauty for himself. Complimented by enchanting artwork and an audio version complete with symphony orchestra, this classic fairy tale springs to life in an imaginative adaptation that will inspire children of all ages for generations.

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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.

Sincerely,
Dan Goeller

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Every afternoon, the children played in the Giant's garden. It was a large, lovely garden. After many years of being away, the Giant returned home and found the children playing in his garden. "What are you doing here?" he cried in a very gruff voice. Now, the Giant must decide: Will he share the garden or keep its beauty for himself?

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