There is an old European folk tale around this tune that said the local people used it to protect themselves from an evil giant that tormented them. Actually, we should admit that the melody of this recorder work is only slightly tied to most versions of the original melody, but this arrangement is much more appropriate for recorder students. The original tune was also faster while we have chosen to use a more ponderous tempo, also better for young players.
Two styles, one tune - As we have often done, we have arranged this song for full orchestra and recorders. There are three parts: Soprano 1, which has all of the melody, and uses A, B, C, and low E; Soprano 2, which only uses A and B; and a simple part (optional) for Alto Recorder that uses A, C, D, E, and F.
The basic sound of the tune is set up by the orchestra, showcasing low brass and timpani which portray our giant and his early attempts to dance. (He would probably not do well on "Dancing With The Ogres.") To help him during the repeat, the rhythm section comes in with a driving rock beat.
As a finale, the tune gets immediately faster at measure 37, driving our giant to trip toward the end and fall over, sparing the villagers... and our orchestra... from potential trampling. This is even marked on the music so players can visualize the moment as it occurs.
If you would like to follow along with the recording more seriously, we have a reduced piano score available for free download. (See box on page 67 for details.)