Fantasy of the Red-Eyed Creature
For Narrator and Orchestra
2001
15 minutes

The Fantasy of the Red-eyed Creature is a musical short story for piano and narrator about the summer adventures of three children on a family camping trip along the shores of the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, which has the highest, most powerful tides in the world. Originally created by a third grade classroom collaborating with Haskell Small and performed by the Mount Vernon Orchestra as part of an American Composers’ Forum grant, the piece has since been transcribed by Mr. Small for solo piano, with further story development by his wife, Betsy Small.

Instrumentation:

  • Piccolo
  • 2 Flutes
  • 2 Oboes
  • 2 Bb Clarinets (2nd doubling Bass Clarinet)
  • 2 Bassoons
  • 3 F Horns
  • 3 Bb Trumpets
  • 3 Trombones
  • Tuba
  • 3 Percussion Players (2 mallet players, 1 timpanist)
  • Piano
  • Violins I, II
  • Violas
  • Cellos
  • Basses

Percussion Instruments:

  • Xylophone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Whip
  • Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal (1, shared perc. 2 and 3, or optional 2)
  • Sizzle Cymbal (suspended)
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Tambourine
  • 2 Gongs (large and small)
  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Timpani (3, optional 4)
 
The story is delightfully reflected in the music... Small is an exquisite orchestrator.
The Washington Post (Joan Reinthaler)

Sample Score Pages