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Debbie Wiseman MBE

Publisher: Chester Music

The Fairy Tale of The Selfish Giant (1999)
Work Notes
There is also a purely orchestral version of this piece called 'My Own Garden'. 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
22 Minutes
Programme Note
Debbie Wiseman MBE The Fairy Tale of The Selfish Giant (1999)
Film Synopsis

In this enchanting tale, one of Wilde’s best known, a Selfish Giant is transformed by the innocent love of children. The story begins with the giant returning after having spent seven years away to find children playing in his garden. Angry that the children are trespassing, he banishes them from his property. Yet, when the children go, so do the Spring and the Summer seasons, leaving the garden in a perpetual Winter. One day the giant sees that Spring has finally arrived in his garden only to discover that this is because the children have snuck back in. The giant begins to see the error of his ways. - 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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