Michael Flanders and Joseph Horovitz. This popular work for unison or two-part voices and piano with optional bass and drums opens with a splendid storm, above which God can be heard muttering about the irritations he finds with mankind. Following the Old Testament story God then instructs Noah how to build the ark and select animals. In a profusion of fine solos and lively choruses we learn about the difficulty of living under hatches and the eventual drying-out of the world. Suggestions for vocal solos given in the score. Ideas for semi-dramatic effects or stagings suggest themselves. 26 mins.
This is an amazing piece of music. Full of great tunes, ranging from the thoroughly amusing Rain Chorus "It looks like rain" to the thoroughly moving "And the floodgates of Heaven were opened", it is non-stop fun to perform, especially since you need a very flamboyant and spectacular pianist to perform it!
Adrian M. Horsewood - (UK)
A brilliant and lively piece of music! I performed this once (I played Mr. Ham) and it seemed far less than 26 minutes! All of the songs were fantastic! Song 8 especially (I don't remember the title; "Father Noah please open the porthole...") and one of the earlier songs ("It looks like rain, now won't that just be jolly...")
All in all a good piece of work!
dave - (UK)