The Gift of the Magi

A "Choral Ballet" for Dancers, Chamber Orchestra, and Children's Chorus

Adolphus Hailstork (composer)


  • Voice
  • Piano
Vocal Score
Allow 4-5 days
The Gift of the Magi is a choral ballet for dancers, chamber orchestra, and children's chorus. It is based on the short story of the same name by O. Henry (1862 - 1910). It is a story about a young couple who are short of money but desperately want to buy each other Christmas gifts. Unbeknownst to Jim, Della sells her most valuable possession, her beautiful hair, in order to buy a platinum fob chain for Jim's watch: while unbeknownst to Della, Jim sells his own most valuable possession, his watch, to buy jeweled combs for Della's hair.
SKU: 312-41889
Ensemble: Unison and Two-Part Mixed Chorus
Duration: 24:00
Tempo: Lively (q = 92)
Text Source: Libretto by Carol Thomas Downing, based on the short story by O. Henry
Commission Notice: Commissioned by The Virginia Children's Chorus, Carol Thomas Downing, Founder & Artistic Director
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Score Type: Vocal Score
Product Type: Score
Accompanied: Accompanied Chorus
UPC: 6-80160-64356-1
Image 1: Della, long hair & Mme. Sofronie
SCENE I: "Della at Home"
Image 2: Della Crying On Couch
Choral Song: "Pennies"
Choral Song: "Gold"
Image 3: Della with long hair, looking back at mirror
SCENE II: "Della in the Windy Street"
Image 4: Della in hat, outside on steps
SCENE III: "Mme. Sofronie's Shop"
Image 5: Della, long hair & Mme. Sofronie
"Snip, Snip" Dance
SCENE IV: "Della Window Shopping"
Choral Song: "Gold (Reprise)"
SCENE V: "Waiting for Jim"
Image 6: Della with cut hair, mirror
Image 7: Della with short curls at stove
Choral Song: "Della's Prayer"
Image 8: Jim on the Stairs
SCENE VI: "Jim Returns"
Image 9: The Embrace-Kiss Behind the Door
Image 10: Jim & Della with Box of Combs
Image 11: Jim Sitting on Couch
Choral Song: "The Magi"
Image 12: Jim & Della at the Table
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