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Aesop's Fables

From Wind Repertory Project
Scott Watson

Scott Watson

General Info

Year: 1999 / 2005
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publications
Cost: Parts and Score: $80.00 | Score Only: $10.00


1. The Hare and the Tortoise
2. The Boy Who Cried Wolf
3. The Dog and the Bone
4. The Wolf and His Shadow


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I
Bassoon I
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contra-Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Cymbals (Crash and Suspended)
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Slap Stick or Whip
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Aesop's Fables, for narrator and band, musically portrays four tales attributed to the ancient moralist. The first two movements, The Hare and The Tortoise, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, are based on two of Aesop's better-known stories. The Hare and the Tortoise is a fast chromatic caccia with a slight pause in the activity for a certain overconfident rabbit's brief nap! In The Boy who Cried Wolf the calm musical accompaniment provides a haunting counterpoint with a fatal drama.

The later two movements, The Dog and the Bone and The Wolf and his Shadow, are settings of two of Aesop's lesser-known fables. The Dog and the Bone is a brief, transparently scored instrumental sigh that mirrors the story's moral: the disappointment of coveting. The final movement, The Wolf and his Shadow, features the happy gigue of a wolf that mistakes his long shadow for actual stature and struts about in unfounded pride. Much to the wolf's dismay, it is the true king of beasts, the lion, who takes the last promenade!

- Program Note by Scott Watson

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Capitol Region Wind Ensemble (Schenectady, N.Y.) (Brett Wery, conductor; William Bennett, narrator) - 20 May 2018
  • Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) (James Osborn, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • Palisades High School (Nathaniel Kirby, conductor) - May 2008

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Scott Watson website
  • Watson, S.; Clark, M. (2005). Aesop's Fables [score]. Alfred Publishing: Van Nuys, Calif.