• Joseph Horovitz
  • Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo (1970)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)

This work received the 1976 PRS Ivor Novello Award for the best British work for children.

  • piano, with optional drums and double bass
  • Unison voices or male lead & SATB
  • 26 min
  • Joseph Horovitz
  • Michael Flanders
  • English
    • 13th June 2020, St John’s Church / Settle / United Kingdom
    • 13th July 2020, Umberleigh / Crediton / United Kingdom
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Programme Note

Captain Noah and his floating zoo was written and composed towards the end of 1970. It is the first collaboration of Flanders and Horovitz although they had known each other for many years. The work is a lighthearted oratorio on the old Noah subject and both authors insist that it is not to be taken as a contribution to 'pop-religion'. It has been performed in many different versions and adaptations. Although primarily intended to be sung in schools, in unison or two parts, another version has been prepared by the composer for one soloist, with a large chorus; the usual accompaniment for jazz trio has been retained, and the soloist is the voice of God, the narrator and several other characters as well. The musical style of the cantata is unashamedly eclectic and exploits all well-known types of popular music to tell this ever-green story.

© 1972 Joseph Horovitz

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