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Once Long Ago

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Once Long Ago
By Jeff Kriske and Randy DeLelles 
Book
34 pages
Grades 4 - 6

Three folk tales for children, retold and arranged for Orff instruments. Each tale is told through a narrator, with special parts and characters. Tales are The Stonecutter (Japan), Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky (Nigeria), and The Cat and the Rat (West Indies). Includes performance suggestions, Orff arrangements, and costume and prop ideas.   

The Stonecutter is for grade 4 to 5; the other tales are for grade 5 to 6.

Performance times: Why the Sun & Moon Live in the Sky- 15 minutes; The Cat & the Rat- 20 minutes.   

The Stonecutter: includes 2 songs arranged for voice & Orff instruments (Sakura & Look Into the Rose), 1 instrumental piece for Orff instruments & soprano recorders (Procession), and a few instrumental motifs.   

Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky: includes 1 African folk song for voice & unpitched percussion (Samanfo), 1 Nigerian song for voice & Orff instruments (Ibo), 1 Nigerian song for soprano recorders & Orff instruments (Benue), 1 theme with layered unpitched instruments, and 3 instrumental themes.   

The Cat and the Rat: includes 2 West Indian folk songs for voice & Orff instruments (Down Jamaica Way and Copy Cat), 1 Jamaican song for voice & Orff instruments (Day-oh!), 1 West Indian instrumental song (Basay Down), and poem with body percussion.   

Instruments used:
soprano & alto recorder; soprano & alto glockenspiel; soprano, alto, & bass xylophone; soprano, alto, & bass xylophone; conga; timpani; guitar; penny-oh-reel; finger cymbals; cowbell; agogo bells; hanging cymbal; wind chimes; claves; maracas; cabasa; guiro; temple blocks; hand drum; bongos; log drum; gong.

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I love incorporating stories into my teaching and performances, and the story of the Stonecutter is one of my favorites.
Joan C on May 13, 2013

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