How the Trumpet Got Its Toot
Anthony Plog has done it again. My good friend and musical collaborator has composed a new piece for narrator and symphony orchestra. The new piece is How the Trumpet Got Its Toot, with music by Tony and text by yours truly. Here is a synopsis, taken from the score:
“How the Trumpet Got Its Toot, based on a story by Ronald Kidd, tells the tale of the young and idealistic trumpet, son of two brass candlesticks, who finds his musical destiny in the city of Sinfonia. He meets the flute, who teaches him about music and life, and the tuba, who shares the importance of friendship. Along the way we are introduced to all the instruments of the orchestra.
“Written by Anthony Plog in the style of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, this short piece for narrator and orchestra is ideal for children’s and family concerts. A children’s opera version, premiered by the Utah Symphony and Opera (in a production pictured here), is also available.”
This piece follows several previous collaborations with Tony, in which he wrote the music and I provided the text: the cantata Magdalene, about victims of sex trafficking and prostitution; the oratorio God’s First Temples, depicting the first great battle of the environmental movement; and the children’s opera Santa’s Tale, about an elf who tries to take over Christmas and how Santa wins it back, with the help of Blitzen the reindeer and a little girl named Molly.
For more information about Anthony Plog and his music, click here.