Music 401: Little Red Riding Hood

Here is a piece of Dance Theatre – possibly for Christmas but not necessarily. It has 19 dances that tell the (fairly) traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood. In all probability it will never get done as these days the plot is regarded by some as sexist. However I present it in the hope that it might get performed in a less enlightened age.

The work has elements that rile many a purist. For example, there are bits of Ballet, bits of Contemporary Dance, bits of Ballroom Dance, bits of Folk Dance, and bits of Pantomime.

At present the music score is for piano only. I thought initially I would orchestrate it, but it is time consuming for something that may never be performed. So if anyone wants it orchestrated they can ask me or do it themselves! My music composing software is so old and the notation so small by the time I put all the instruments of an orchestra on a page that I can’t see it any more!

This posting is simply a link to a separate webpage that gives the plot, and audios and sheet music of the 19 dances. I’m not expecting people to listen to all 19! A performance would take about 3/4s of an hour.

Thanks! Here is the link: HERE!

12 thoughts on “Music 401: Little Red Riding Hood

  1. Yvonne

    I read your plot and absolutely would go to see this ballet, if only to admire those 3 legged Rangers!
    I do like the happy ending you have woven into this fairy tale. The Brothers Grimm (and many others who preceded them in spinning this yarn) might not approve, but Pfffft to them, eh?

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  2. craig

    Aha! This is a fascinating rendition of the tale, Bruce. The Jeckle/Hyde Prince/Wolf! This looks like it would be a lot of fun. I hope you get to see it performed. My favorite piece is the transformation scene. I also enjoyed how you ended the finale, it very much matches the described action. Cheers!

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  3. umashankar

    Your Dance Theatre piece has your impressions all over. I played it in my mind’s eye and realised it was easy to suspend my faculty of disbelief. Thanks for the joy you brought us with that exquisite creation.

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  4. badfinger20 (Max)

    Whew….that was a lot to take in Bruce. I like the prince part and I think the wolf finally gets those damn pigs. “He re-enters as the Big Bad Wolf” and he is full.
    I could very well imagine the music with the scenes and that is what it’s all about. Loved the melodies Bruce. I heard it last night and today…I think it would make a great play for a school.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks for listening Max. I didn’t expect people to listen to such a long thing. I had envisaged it being performed professionally but FOR kids. I’ve written dozen of musicals for kids and have gone off them!!

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