A Zoo Called Earth

for Pre-taped Narration and Orchestra

Peter Schickele

Publisher: Elkan-Vogel, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

From the ages of eight to twelve, I lived very near the zoo in Washington, D.C. I hung out there a lot and was usually pretty much up on what new animals had arrived.
Now, what if visitors from another galaxy ? beings who lived for millions of earth-years ? flew by our planet every once in awhile (a long while by our standards) to see what was going on here? Each time they came by they would have seen some animals they had never seen before. This is the thought that led to "A Zoo Called Earth."
The piece was written for the St. Louis Symphony, and its first performance in 1970 took place at a concert that the orchestra actually played at the St. Louis Zoo. During the sort of rock march for mammals, with which the piece ends, they had an elephant and other big animals parading in front of the orchestra. It has since been played by orchestras all over the country.
The work is scored for pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoon; four horns, three trumpets and trombones, tuba, four percussion; celeste and strings, with the voice of the alien narrator on tape.

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Additional Information

Composition Date 1970
Duration 00:17:00
Orchestration 2 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1; 4Perc. Cel. Str.; Tape
Premiere 1970. St. Louis Symphony, St. Louis Zoo.