Russian National Orchestra

The Pied Piper Fantasy

by John Corigliano


This 40-minute concerto for flute and orchestra, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano, is an interactive fairy tale. A young musician uses his artistic powers to cleanse the city of rats – but, after many years of living with corruption, the city's residents cannot so easily rid themselves of their bad habits of lies and greed. The children's pure souls are attracted to the truth and harmony which the musician brings into their lives. Unless the adults also get the message, all of their futures might be in peril...

"A dynamic show... The soloist's virtuosic passages were so
atmospheric and effortless that one kept wondering
whether his flute was truly magical!"

(Kultura weekly newspaper, January 2004)


The Russian National Orchestra offers an enchanting new production of The Pied Piper Fantasy – ideal for children's and family concerts.

The RNO production includes:

  • soloist's cape
  • feathered caps for soloist and concertmaster
  • rat's head with crown for concertmaster
  • rat headdresses for the string players
  • burghers' berets for the wind instruments and for the children's ensemble caps for the child flutists
  • Flute soloist Maxim Rubtsov

"Maxim Rubtsov is the perfect Pied Piper. He has both the charm and excitement that a great performer must have, and in this piece his extraordinary musicianship and perfect technique combine with his youth and enthusiasm and result in a magnificent performance." – John Corigliano

  • Conductor: Available upon request

The RNO can provide a conductor experienced in directing this production upon request.

  • Text

The RNO has commissioned and developed text to accompany the original music and staging.

  • Sets created by the RNO
    • central canvas: 8 m high, 6 m, 30 cm wide (15 kg)
    • two wings: 8 m high, 2 m 50 cm wide each (8 kg each)
    • height and width of the sets may be altered to meet the specifications of the stage
  • Costumes

The local orchestra supplies:

  • Musicians
    • Instrumentation: 2(=3)(pic).3.3(Ebcl,bcl)3(cbn)/4331/timp.5(=6)perc/
  • Children's Ensemble
    • A minimum of 12 child flutists and 2 drummers
  • Narrator
    • The production can be performed with or without a narrator.
  • Lighting
    • General Lighting Fade-in / Fade out
    • Spotlights
    • Music stand lights (optional)

Video of the Pied Piper Fantasy

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