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"The Chipmunks and the Alley Cat" is heavily inspired by the cartoons of the early 20th Century, such as Peter Pan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Tom and Jerry.


     The story opens on a pair of chipmunks, represented by variations on the main melody that are passed between instruments. The female chipmunk is "by-the-book" and rhythmically strict, while her male friend is a little more free and curious. On their way to meet each other they are interrupted by a fat alley cat, who, although mischievous, is a little clumsy.

     Thankfully, the two chipmunks are able to slip away from the cat to enjoy a romantic picnic and a sweet dance. Unbeknownst to them, however, the alley cat has caught up with them and is hiding, ready to pounce. After some quick thinking, the chipmunks evade the cat yet again by dropping an anvil on him (because that’s what they do in cartoons). At last, the two protagonists are able to freely enjoy their time together in peace.

The Chipmunks and the Alley Cat

  • Approx. 4' 05"

  • For Wind Quintet (Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Horn in F, and Bassoon)

The Chipmunks and the Alley Cat
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