The Trumpet of the Swan

The Trumpet of the Swan

Theatrical Rights Worldwide is proud to announce representation of The Trumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony, adapted by Marsha Norman from E.B. White’s novel, with music by Jason Robert Brown. This exhilarating symphonic concert experience for young people and their families is now available for performance by your orchestra.

E.B. White’s classic novel is now a brilliant symphonic concert experience for the whole family. The Trumpet of the Swan, like all of White’s novels, concerns a youngster who must overcome a problem. In Louis’s case, he is a trumpeter swan born without a voice; he cannot make the magnificent “ko-hoh” that all trumpeter swans use to find mates, ward off foxes and rule the lake. On an epic journey of challenge and discovery, Louis finds the gift of music through his father’s heartbreaking and heroic love. Louis vows to pay back a debt his father incurred to get Louis a trumpet, an instrument that gave his son a voice, a purpose and eventually, the love of his life.

THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN A Novel Symphony for Actors and Orchestra

Based on the Book by E.B. White Book by Marsha Norman Music by Jason Robert Brown

This adaptation of E.B. White’s “Trumpet of the Swain” was commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was first produced at the Kennedy Center in December 2008

SAM (also reads BOY SAM)

SAM’S FATHER/FATHER SWAN (also reads MR. BRICKLE, GAME WARDEN, BELLMAN)

SAM’S MOTHER/MOTHER SWAN (also reads CAMPER, LADY IN BILLINGS, PASSENGER, CAMP NURSE, COOK, WAITRESS)

SERENA (also reads SISTER SWAN, GIRL IN BILLINGS, CLERK, GIRL PASSENGER)

MAN (BROTHER SWAN, OWNER, PARK RANGER, APPLEGATE, CAMPER, BOATMAN, PASSENGER, ABE LUCAS, KEEPER, HEAD MAN IN CHARGE OF BIRDS, POLICEMAN)

LOUIE’S THOUGHTS

Solo Trumpet (“Louie”)

2 Flutes (2nd doubles Picc.)

Oboe (doubles Eng. Horn)

2 Clarinets in Bb (2nd doubles Bass Cl.)

Bassoon

4 F Horns

2 Bb Trumpets

2 Trombones (Tenor/Bass)

Harp

Piano/Celesta

Solo Electric Fretless Bass Guitar

Violins I. II

Viola

Violoncello

Contrabass

Percussion (3)

PERCUSSION LIST: (Timpani, Drum set, Vibes, Glock, Sus. Cym., Xylophone, Triangle (reg. & small), Slapstick, Crash Cym., Mark Tree, Small Cym., Woodblock, Tambourine, Bell Tree, Crotales (C4,F4, E5), Chimes (G4, C5), Concert Bass Drum, Shaker, Steel Plate, Brake Drum)