... to make you curious, here is an offer for a very special music school concert
Napoleon and the Circus Mouse – this is a very special story song where “key lions“ and „string artists“ of all different ages create an exciting story together with music.
The teachers can, depending on the ability of their students, develop the pieces without too many rehearsals.
If one circus piece or another can’t be performed for whatever reason, you can of course play a short version or pick an easier one to fill its place.
The main thing is that you enjoy playing!
This means you should feel free to take your favourite piece, which maybe some of the “key lions“ can already play well, and make it part of the programme.
There are two ways of performing each piece:
In the first, a narrator will lead the audience through the whole story.
In the second, Napoleon and the circus mouse appear personally! For this, little actors could dress up, which is always great fun for kids and they can design their role however they like.
So – don’t just play the music, but tell the story contained within it.
This book is available in German only.
“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.
NAPOLEON AND THE CIRCUS MOUSE – the story
1. A Little Bit of Sadness (piano solo)
2. Cathedral Bell Concert (piano, 6 hands)
3. Hello there! (for strings with piano accompaniment)
4. The Snowdrop Song (piano, 6 hands)
5. Off You Go On Holiday! (piano, 6 hands)
6. In the Morning (for strings with piano accompaniment)
7. The Little Harlequin (for strings with piano accompaniment)
8. Flea-Jogging (piano, 4 hands)
9. Boogie Show in C (piano solo)
10. Sentimental Song (violin and piano)
11. Masquerade (piano, 4 hands)
12. The Lovely, Old Carousel in Paris (piano, 6 hands)
13. A Little Swing Time (for strings with piano accompaniment)
14. Second Tango Ballad (piano solo)
15. Adios Amigos (piano solo)
16. The Smallest Minuet in the World (piano, 6 hands)
17. Circus (for strings with piano accompaniment)
18. Pop Party I (for strings with piano accompaniment)
19. Pop Party II (for strings with piano accompaniment)
PEOPLE and their PERFORMERS