A note from the composer...
Cats have a habit of taking over people’s lives in the nicest possible way.... This particular cat has used up at least two of its own nine lives - thanks to Mrs Noah it came on board the ark safe and sound from the rain and (ironically) almost got drowned by Mr Noah.
The nine movements represent specific aspects of the story along the lines of a traditional musical suite. With dancers in mind, I have incorporated a mix of dance movements with steady tempos and beats (Movements 2 (2x2), 3 (Prayer), 4 (Argument), 6 (Storm), 7 (Cat) and 9 (Finale) alongside more atmospheric movements (Movements 1 (Ark), 5 (Devil/Rat) and 8 (Chase) which invite a less strict approach to dance interpretation.
The three main characters - the cat , Mr Noah and Mrs Noah - each have their own melody, characterised by individual instruments, which evolves as the music and story progress:
CAT - cor anglais
Quirky, independent, likes to do its own thing. Acts as a go-between between Mr and Mrs Noah but often decides it’s best to just let them get on with it.
MR NOAH - horns
Serious, committed to his cause. Won’t be pushed around because he has a strong mission. Rather apprehensive of Mrs Noah though.
MRS NOAH -clarinets
Has strong views and know what she wants. Is faithful to her husband’s cause but wonders what’s in store for their future. Loves her cat.
The music is essentially tonal and dissonance is kept for moments of tension, in particular the rat/devil. The full ensemble is not heard until the end of the Prayer, a significant moment in the story - the coming together of all Noah’s plans and the beginning of a new era.