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Animal Krackers

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Christopher Tucker

Christopher Tucker

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General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.75


1. The Box Opens
2. Elephant Stomp
3. Short Monkey Tale
4. The Regal Lion


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Animal Krackers is a character suite inspired by the youthful joys of eating animal crackers and the admiration of Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals. The first movement,The Box Opens, is a short fanfare depicting the zipping or ripping of the box in order to reach those delicious cookies with the guiro and rim shot snare hit programmatically representing the physical opening of the box. Elephant Stomp, the second movement, represents a traveling caravan of elephants and one lonely elephant striving to be a part of the group. Short Monkey Tale is a short tale about the mischief caused by a monkey. The final movement, The Regal Lion, describes the nobility and passion of the king of the jungle.

Animal Krackers was commissioned by the DeSoto West Junior High School Bands (DeSoto, TX), directors Kimberly Kriston and Karen Blake.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Chris Tucker website Accessed 20 September 2017
  • Perusal score
  • Taube, Scott L. "Animal Krackers." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 167-175. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Tucker, C. (2003). Animal Krackers: For Symphonic Band [score]. Southern Music Co.: San Antonio, Tex.