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!