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MacGregor’s Garden, from Peter Rabbit Tales (Day 191)

TaleofPeterRabbit8Counting down the days on Project 194, we’ve reached the Final Four! Today, a bit of music from my current work-in-progress, Peter Rabbit Tales. This is an excerpt from the score for the newest Enchantment Theatre production, slated to begin performances late in September and to hop in to Philly for three weeks at the Arts Bank at Christmastime.

This particular bit of music accompanies one of the most iconic moments in Peter Rabbit – the moment when Peter gorges himself on the vegetables in Mister MacGregor’s garden. When he gets caught in the act, he has to flee for his life, leaving his jacket behind him. The music begins with Peter’s arrival in the garden, and there’s a minute or so of cheerful music as he stuffs his face. When the music turns minor, the birds are warning him of Mr. McGregor’s approach, and then you’ll hear an agitated chase section as Peter flees. Then there’s a bit of an epilogue that occurs months later, as Peter is recounting the incident for his cousin, Benjamin Bunny.

The music is output directly from Finale, so the sounds are MIDI cheesy, but the score will eventually feature a chamber ensemble of seven instruments. The score will be recorded in late August, so as you can imagine, I’ve got my shoulder to the wheel trying to get this finished in the next six weeks. I’ll post more here in the coming weeks, though it’ll be after Day 194!

Music for MacGregors Garden

Prologue to Peter Rabbit Tales (Day 155)

Peter Rabbit TalesWell, turns out there are 30 songs from Leading Lady on Project 194 – that’s 20% of my total posts! A lot of tunes, to be sure, but that project has been very important for me over the last four years.

Just as a bit of a palate-cleanser, today I’m posting some new work-in-progress from Peter Rabbit Tales, the upcoming Enchantment Theatre Company production for which we just completed a two-week developmental workshop at a Secret Location somewhere in East Falls. Here’s a chance for you to hear what new work sounds like in its developmental state. The music on this track is created by my notation program, Finale, and so it lacks the quality and vitality that human players would bring to it. Still, it provided a useful background for us while the staging for the opening minutes of the production were created. We won’t get around to recording the final tracks til August, after the completion of Project 194 and the big birthday concert, but I’ll bet I have some digital orchestrations to share before much longer!