The Magic Horn


Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The National Symphony Orchestra
Seattle Symphony Orchestra

“This is the tale of an ancient and magical horn, a horn in which lived a powerful and ferocious genie, a horn stolen long ago from its rightful owner, a horn that has disappeared in all but legend…”

Legends provide the inspiration for many wonderful pieces of orchestral music. Musical instruments themselves have many ancient and mysterious roots. The Magic Circle Mime Company and Academy Award nominated composer Bruce Broughton bring these truths musically and dramatically to life in this new family concert program.

“Sahara Bob,” an adventurer of questionable character, has agreed to show his collection of exotic musical instruments as part of a “legends in music” concert. For an additional fee he agrees to demonstrate some of these instruments. Now as the concert unfolds, the audience will learn of some intriguing ancestors to the instruments of the orchestra, hear orchestral music with legendary themes, and discover just what became of “The Magic Horn.”


55-60 minutes with listed works


Broughton: The Magic Horn (four movements)*
I. “The Legend of the Magic Horn”

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite I – “Morning Mood”
Peer Gynt Suite II – “Arabian Dance”
II. “The Genie”

Saint-Saëns: “Baccanale” from Samson & Delilah
III. “In Pursuit of a Thief”
IV. “A Thief’s Reward.”

*Bruce Broughton’s The Magic Horn is scored for: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba, 2 percussion, timpani, harp, and 12,10,8,6,4 strings.


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Japan Shinsei Symphony Orchestra
Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra
National Arts Centre Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra
Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Toronto Symphony Orchestra