The music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is some of the most iconic and recognizable music all around the world. Let’s listen to some music and discover where we may have heard some of Tchaikovsky’s most famous scores!
Mother Goose has been a staple in many a child’s life. Her tales of magic and adventure inspire wonder, and even in adulthood, her stories touch us. They certainly were of great importance to Maurice Ravel, who wrote a piano suite using several fairytales, and was so touched by them that he orchestrated them and then turned it into a ballet.
Ah… February. The month of love… There was a lot of love to go around in February 2021, but was it all worth it? Let’s find out?
William Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy of two star-crossed lovers has been one of the most frequently adapted stories for musical purposes. Composers, such Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gounod, Berlioz, and even Duke Ellington, have been touched by its heart-wrenching tale since its creation, and this episode gives you a look into the many musical reincarnations of Shakespeare’s young lovers, Romeo and Juliet.
Petrushka, Igor Stavinksy’s second ballet, is a tragic tale of a living puppet who is treated like a mere toy and brought to the point of madness. Ironically, such a sad tale brought Stravinsky a great deal of success, especially after the triumph that was his previous ballet The Firebird. However, there’s a more you do not know, hidden behind the curtain.
Wonderful news! Forests, Flowers, and Fairytales is now available on Barnes & Noble’s website!
It’s here! Vol. 3 of Tales of Love, Loss, Magic, and Reality: Setting the Stage for Opera and Ballet is available for purchase on Lulu.com. This volume, titled The Language of Flowers: The Ballets of Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas, and Maurice Ravel, is only available on Lulu.com at the moment, but keep an eye out for updates on new platforms!
Vols. 2 and 3 of the anthology Tales of Love, Loss, Magic, and Reality: Setting the Stage for Opera and Ballet have been updated and compiled into the anthology’s first print book titled Forests, Flowers, and Fairytales: The Operas and Ballets of Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas, and Maurice Ravel!