The Travels of Babar

music by Anthony Ritchie, for narrator & piano, Opus 179

Story - Jean De Brunhoff

First published in the 1930s, the Babar stories have always been popular with children, and have been re-published many times, most recently by Random House.

Programme Note

The Travels of Babar was commissioned by Donald Cullington for performance by himself with narrator, for audiences of children and adults alike. It was written to be paired with Francis Poulenc's famous work Babar the Elephant.
It is to be performed without a break, with some overlap between music and narration.
Some items from the piece may be played in isolation from the story, if so desired.

Dedicated to Luca, Ashton & Sadie-Rose