The Little Mermaid

Ballet in 2 Acts

Full Score
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The Little Mermaid by Sally Beamish is a 1 hour 45 minute full-length ballet in 2 acts, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. For Sally Beamish the story contained many elements that are gifts to a composer: the sea, a love story, song, magic. And for her it resonated closely with Scottish folklore particularly the 'selkie' tales of Orkney: Northern islands with strong links to Scandinavia in their culture and language with the myths of sea creatures becoming human, and mermaids and sea monsters appearing to fishermen.

The starting point of many of the scenes came from music which references Scottish dance, bagpipes, and fiddles. The characters all have their own distinctive music.

The ballet score was commissioned by Northern Ballet and premiered on 21 September 2017 at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton by Northern Ballet and Northern Ballet Sinfonia, David Nixon (choreography) and John Pryce-Jones (music director).

The full score (EP 73142) is available for sale as part of the Peters Contemporary Library. The performance material can be hired.

Additional Information

Item Number: EP73142
Format: Sheet Music
Number of Pages: 456
Duration: 105 Mins
Publication Date: 13/07/2022
Barcode: 9790577023021
ISMN: 9790577023021
Format: 297 x 420 mm
Instrumentation: 2(1/2,Picc).1(CA).2(1/2,BCl).1 - - Timp.Perc - Pf Hp - Str(
Language: English

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