|Piano part with double bass in solo tuning.|
Road to Hamelin was first heard on October 14, l978 in a performance by Gary Karr, who commissioned, narrated and performed the work with the Toronto Symphony conducted by Victor Feldbrill. According to John Kraglund of the Toronto Globe and Mail, Road to Hamelin "could take its place with other children's favorites, like 'Peter and the Wolf'." This review is echoed by others, such as David Hendricks of the San Antonio News-Express, who says that the piece "joins the ranks of Saint-Saens' 'Carnival of the Animals' and Prokofief's 'Peter and the Wolf' ....The composition is truly original and properly dramatic for the children's story."
The narration is based on a scenario by Ruth Ramsay. It is a recognized standard work for the double bass.