The Gift of the Magi

A "Choral Ballet" For Dancers, Chamber Orchestra, And Children's Chorus

Adolphus Hailstork

Piano Reduction/Vocal Score
Performing Ensemble: Children's Chorus
Instrumentation: Soprano I, Soprano II, Alto, Piano
Item Number: 312-41889
Number of Pages: 60
Text: Libretto by Carol Thomas Downing, based on the short story by O. Henry
Duration: 24:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Custom Print, 4-5 days


Quick Overview

The Gift of the Magi is a choral ballet for dancers, chamber orchestra, and children's chorus. It is based on the short story of the same name by O. Henry (1862 - 1910). It is a story about a young couple who are short of money but desperately want to buy each other Christmas gifts. Unbeknownst to Jim, Della sells her most valuable possession, her beautiful hair, in order to buy a platinum fob chain for Jim's watch: while unbeknownst to Della, Jim sells his own most valuable possession, his watch, to buy jeweled combs for Della's hair.

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Orchestration SSA Chorus; Pno.


Image 1: Della, long hair & Mme. Sofronie
SCENE I: "Della at Home"
Image 2: Della Crying On Couch
Choral Song: "Pennies"
Choral Song: "Gold"
Image 3: Della with long hair, looking back at mirror
SCENE II: "Della in the Windy Street"
Image 4: Della in hat, outside on steps
SCENE III: "Mme. Sofronie's Shop"
Image 5: Della, long hair & Mme. Sofronie
"Snip, Snip" Dance
SCENE IV: "Della Window Shopping"
Choral Song: "Gold (Reprise)"
SCENE V: "Waiting for Jim"
Image 6: Della with cut hair, mirror
Image 7: Della with short curls at stove
Choral Song: "Della's Prayer"
Image 8: Jim on the Stairs
SCENE VI: "Jim Returns"
Image 9: The Embrace-Kiss Behind the Door
Image 10: Jim & Della with Box of Combs
Image 11: Jim Sitting on Couch
Choral Song: "The Magi"
Image 12: Jim & Della at the Table