For our twentieth wedding anniversary, my husband wrote me a sonatina for saxophone and piano. The last movement of the sonatina is subtitled, The Armadillo Races at Victoria, Texas. Since its the only piece of classical music I know of about the armadillo, I thought Id add an audio of it to my collection on the web. After all, the swan had its Saint-Saëns and the wolf had its Prokofiev ... I guess now the armadillo has its Craton!
A few years later, at the behest of a violinist in California, my husband transcribed the sonatina for violin and piano, and even later he made an arrangement for band, so you can now choose which version youd prefer to listen to. Just click on the appropriate play button below.
You can also listen to another short piece about the armadillo for piano solo from a collection of animal pieces titled Bag o Tails. Simply click on the play button next to the title to hear it.
The Armadillo Races at Victoria, Texas
Copyright © 1998 & 2001 by John Craton
Violin and Piano version
Wind ensemble (band) version
The Armadillo from Bag o Tails
Copyright © 2001 by John Craton
The Armadillo (piano solo)
If youd like to hear the whole sonatina or the complete Bag o Tails, you can find them on my husbands music page.