Napoleon and the Circus Mouse - Manfred Schmitz

“A small travelling circus had given many performances in the little town. The children loved the clown’s jokes, marvelled at the performers and gazed in wonder at the animals.

Then it was time for the circus to take down its big circus tent and to move on to another town. The people there were already eagerly waiting the circus people.

It was always exciting, with lots of toing and froing, to get all of the animals safely back into their carriages, to artistically fold up the big tent, to pack up all the benches and load them onto the truck.

The little circus mouse, Melinda von der Glocke (this was really her name, it says so on her passport), had a tendency to daydream and not pay attention to what was going on, which is how she missed the circus troupe’s last caravan.

That was a big shock!

Sad and at a loss, she sat on a pebble by the side of the road and began to cry...“

This is the introduction with which the story of “Napoleon and the Circus Mouse“ begins. The two make their way together to find the circus. This story song, in which the mouse Napoleon organises a circus performance to celebrate finding the circus performers again, can be performed as a music school concert by a range of instruments. “Key lions“ and “string artists“ of different ages and of different levels can create this exciting story together. Parents and grandparents can also musically support them. If one circus piece or another can’t be performed for whatever reason, you can of course play a short version, pick an easier one to fill its place or fall back on one of the children’s favourite pieces. The pieces are arranged for the following instruments: piano solo, piano (6 hands), violin and piano, and strings with piano accompaniment.

Manfred Schmitz’s wish with these compositions was that they become a suggestion to music schools about how traditional musical concepts can take place in another framework. For example, the pieces can be performed with a narrator, or the children can slip into the roles of the mice Napoleon and Melinda and perform it as a play.

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