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Debbie Wiseman MBE

Publisher: Chester Music

The Fairy Tale of The Nightingale and the Rose (1999)
Work Notes
There is also a purely orchestral version of this piece called 'My Last Song'. Please contact Lupus Films at, for information about licensing the animated film that accompanies this music.
Text Writer
Oscar Wilde
Chester Music Ltd
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
25 Minutes
Programme Note
Debbie Wiseman MBE The Fairy Tale of The Nightingale and the Rose (1999)
Film Synopsis

In this beautiful story, Wilde explores the themes of love and sacrifice. The animation draws its inspiration from the work of stained glass window artist, Harry Clark, who was a contemporary of Wilde’s.

The story concerns a nightingale who sings for a lovesick young student. The student is pining for a girl, but the girl will only dance with him if he presents her with a red rose. The student neither has a red rose nor any way of obtaining one. The nightingale vows to herself to get him the red rose and begins his journey. The rose bushes all refuse to produce a rose, until one agrees, but only by using the blood of the nightingale’s own heart. The nightingale eventually agrees, believing the student’s love to be more important than her own life. Yet, by the time the nightingale dies and the student receives the flower, the girl he desires has already moved on – preferring the jewels of another, richer suitor. - Provided by Lupus Films

Preview the score

  • Ensemble
    Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Vanessa Redgrave and Stephen Fry, narrators
    Sir Neville Marriner
  • Soloist(s)
    Debbie Wiseman (piano)
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