The Star Lily, from the Storyteller’s Bag

The Star Lily, from the Storyteller’s Bag

Versions:

  • Overture to The Storyteller's Bag for Clarinet, String Quintet and Percussion (2003)
  • The Star Lily for 2 Narrators, Clarinet, String Quintet and Percussion (2003)
  • Falling Stars for Children's Choir and Piano (2003)

Works

Technical Information

Duration: Overture – 3:20 and The Star Lily – 16:45

For the children’s theatre production of The Storyteller’s Bag for Two Actors,

Children’s Choir, Clarinet, String Quintet (quartet and bass) and Percussion (2003)

A) Overture to The Storyteller’s Bag (no narration)                                                                                                                    

B) Music for The Star Lily (Text by Mark Brownell)                    

  1. Prelude
  2. Introducing the Stars
  3. The Hero’s Journey
  4. The Star’s Lament
  5. The Star’s Journey
  6. The Star Flower Moves to the Prairie
  7. Falling Stars (Song with Children’s Choir)
  8. Postlude

C) Children’s Choir (1 part) and Piano for the Falling Stars song

(The Overture, The Star Lily, and Falling Stars can be performed separately or in a combination of two.)

Program Notes

Inspired by some of the first inhabitants of Mississauga (Ontario), the Ojibway, two indigenous actors and a chamber ensemble of strings, clarinet and percussion explore some old legends with some new Canadian music written for young audiences. The album’s title refers to the Ojibway tradition where each storyteller had a bag containing items that would serve as reminders of their stories.

Commissioning

Chamber Music Society of Mississauga, the Mississauga International Children’s Festival and Heritage Mississauga commissioners, grants from Lloyd Carr Harris Foundation and Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The Storyteller’s Bag was originally released by the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga.

Recordings:

Reviews:

“Royer’s haunting score for The Star Lily is the most instantly captivating, but the whole disc has merit and considerable charm.” – WholeNote Magazine, Toronto Read More Read More
“With its descriptive language and wide cast of characters, ‘The Storyteller’s Bag’ could easily be used to spark children’s creativity…the stories create a world where the glow of the campfire, not the television, holds sway over children's imaginations.” – York Dispatch, Feb. 15, 2007 Read More Read More
“Thoroughly original…thoroughly engaging…wonderful mix of new music and stories for young audiences...my screen-addicted five-year-olds listened with rapture the first time I put on The Storyteller’s Bag and begged for it again the next day.” – City Parent magazine, 2006 Read More Read More
“Both Peggy’s Violin and The Storyteller’s Bag are absolutely mesmerizing. Your children will want to listen to them over and over again, just as I have.” – Charlotte Bohn, Baltimore’s Child, May 2007 Read More Read More