Meet My Folks Op. 10

A theme and relations for speaker, children’s chorus (mostly unison), children’s percussion band (including ‘Orff’ melodic instruments), and an adult ensemble.

Forces: Speaker, children’s chorus, children’s percussion band, adult ensemble

Orchestration: ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, pn, vc, 2 perc bands Percussion: timp, SD, hd, dr, BD, gong, cym, tamb, tri, w blk, jingles, glock, xylo, tbells

Duration: 26 minutes

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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“the music is really delightful listening – and must be the greatest fun to play.” – The Gramophone

The subtitle of ‘theme and relations’ is an apt pun as much of the music is related to and grows fr

om a 3-note motif (G,E,D) given at the start by muted trumpet. Each of the movements following the introduction is a character portrait of a member of a rather eccentric family.

Programme Notes:

This setting of poems by Ted Hughes was first performed at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1964 by children from Huntingdon Primary Schools. The speaker was Catherine Blackie and the conductor was Eric Roseberry.
Meet my Folks! is for speaker(s), children’s chorus, children’s percussion group (which includes the “Orff” melodic percussion instruments), and a professional ensemble of oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, cello, piano, and 3 to 4 percussion players. The subtitle of “theme and relations” is an apt pun as much of the music is related to and grow from a 3 note motif (G,E,D) given almost at the start by muted trumpet.
Each of the movements following the introduction is a character portrait of a member of a rather eccentric family:

  1. March
  2. Dedication
  3. Sister Jane
  4. My Grandpa
  5. My Grandma
  6. Brother Bert
  7. My Aunt
  8. My Father


© Gordon Crosse

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