Classical Composition: Narrative Stage Student Book

by James A Selby Author

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  • 1 The Rose
  • 2 Chico and the Crane
  • 3 Elijah and the Widow
  • 4 Giufa -Eat, my Clothes!
  • 5 The Song of the Vineyard
  • 6 Giufa and the Judge
  • 7 Elijah and the Prophets of Baal
  • 8 Elijah and the Burning Sacrifice
  • 9 Nathan and David
  • 10 The Frog Prince
  • 11 Elisha and the Widow's Jar
  • 12 Conrad von Tannenburg
  • 13 Latona and the Rustics
  • 14 A Vine out of Egypt
  • 15 The Sower
  • 16 The Good Samaritan
  • 17 Baucis and Philemon
  • 18 The Foolish Rich Man
  • 19 The King and Two Servants
  • 20 The Pen and the Inkstand

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