Ballet in 2 acts
for orchestra (1977)
(also piano arrangement of Pinocchio's main theme)
by Ron Hannah

Duration: about 60 minutes

    This ballet was a commission from Margaret Flynn, who operates the Edmonton School of Ballet. She suggested one evening in April that I write it -- for performance the following December! I swallowed hard and said I would try. During that summer I took

a holiday in England and spent each morning orchestrating the piece in the hotel room, while my wife was out shopping. Somehow I got it done, though I had to do a lot of borrowing. There are suggestions of Stravinsky, Holst, and many others; nothing literal, I just borrowed background harmonies and set my own melodies against them. I liked my crooked little Pinocchio theme so much that I redid later it as a solo piano piece (and it is entirely original!) A sample of that arrangement, a single page long and suitable for young players, may be downloaded at left, and if your sound is turned on, you should be hearing a Logic Pro computer simulation (controls below). I ask only that you inform me by email, below, of any performances so that I can keep this website up-to-date.

     A second theme from that ballet survives as well: if you click on the link, it will take you to my Dances for Camille, a suite for two pianos. The second movement, a Waltz, is in fact the Blue Fairy's theme from that production. You can read a description, and view a performance on Youtube, at the link.

    The full ballet was given two performances by the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, directed by Michael Massey, with students and staff of the school dancing, in the Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton. Two years later, Margaret again commissioned me, this time for Aladdin. She gave me a little more time, though. A theme from that ballet survives in several incarnations too. See The Lonely Princess, for an entertaining read.

    The full (orchestral) score is in hand-copied manuscript in a box somewhere, but if you are interested please send me an email (below).