Ep. 44: Songs of a Storybook – Ravel and Ma mère l’Oye

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.

Ep. 36: The Figure and the Frame – Mussorgsky and Pictures at an Exhibition with Notes & Strokes

The day architect and artist Viktor Hartmann died was a sad one. It was especially hard for composer Modest Mussorgsky, who’s opera Boris Godunov was one of Hartmann’s favorite works. After an exhibition of Hartmann’s art, Mussorgsky was moved to write a piano suite based on his experience there. This episode features Izaac and KC from the podcast Notes & Strokes. Together, we explore this piano masterpiece and the art that one may have seen at the exhibition.

The Language of Flowers Now Available on Lulu.com!

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!