Tale of Two Monarchs, the Lion and the Butterfly (suite)
for Wind Ensemble
K. Cato, 2015
Once upon a time in a land far, far away lived two Monarchs. One was inherent of the namesake as being known as the King as beast. The other as a (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae) in the family Nymphalidae. How these two very different yet similar monarchs met and become friends is a Tale indeed.
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As the sun rises, the monarch butteries awake to a new day full of surprises. They begin theur daily activities sprinting through beds of flowers and vibrant blades of greenery. One curious young monarch is intrigued by new areas and decides to scout ahead of the group against recommendations. In the distance, a majestic pride of lions swiftly approach towards same area as the butterfly scout in search of new resources as there's habitat is being invaded by developers and hunters. One of younger lions decides to scout ahead of the pride. He spies the little butterfly frolicking through the flowers and is very fascinated by the resemblance in colors to himself. The young lion has never seen a monarch butterfly up close and decides to get a closer look, but stealth like.
The young Monarch Butterfly is startled to see the lion so up close and personal. Coincidentally, they both instantaneously react with extreme comedic panic. At that same moment both, the pride of lions, and the butteries realize one of their own is missing and go into high alert. It's definitely a rare sight to behold. The lions and butterflies decide to head back to their original habitat thinking their young one may have gotten lost and headed back. The butterfly finally calms down and realizes the lion is no threat to him and is rather funny. They become instant friends. As the day continues, the two get along royally. The butterfly decides to invite his new friend back to his home and accompany him to their evening ball.
Royal Evening Waltz
All the butterflies are not so welcoming to the lion initially as he's a little rough around the edges and has a somewhat clumsy and goofy disposition. Regardless, he is dressed up and participates in the Royal Waltz.
Oh Celestial Night
As the evening festivities winds down, the two new friends reflects on an adventurous day while gazing at a whimsical night sky. If the stars could speak...
The pride of lions searched all night for their missing companion but, obviously have no luck locating their young monarch back in their original hang out. The hunters decide they not only want the lions territory, but now they want to capture them for sport as well. The lions exhausted from all the searching get careless and unfortunately fall into a trap created by the scheming hunters and are captured! Meanwhile back at the butterfly’s area, the young lion realizes the pride must be worried about him and decides to makes his way back with his new friends. He discovers his family is in trouble and quickly works out a plan with his new friends to free the pride and turn the table on the hunters. An animated showdown is had by all resulting in the hunters realizing the error of their ways. Everyone ends up friends and learns how to coexist in peace. The End.