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Fairy MusicClassical music by the great composers inspired by fairiesFelix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)1 Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's DreamBamberg Symphony Orchestra, Christian RainerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)The Nutcracker2 Little Overture3 March4 Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy5 Russian Dance (Trepak)6 Arab Dance7 Chinese Dance8 Dance of the Reed Flutes9 Flower WaltzSouth German Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred ScholzClaude Debussy (1862-1918)10 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un fauneBelgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Igor MarkevichNicolai Rimsky-Korsakov11 The Young Prince and the Young Princess from SheherazadeSlovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Bystrik RezuchaClaude Debussy12 The Dance of PuckMartin SouterPyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyThe Sleeping Beauty13 Introduction14 Pas d'action15 Panorama16 Valse17 FinalePhilharmonia Orchestra, Lawrence SiegelThis compilation c and p 1998 Classical CommunicationsTotal playing time approximately 67 minutes 31 secondsCover picture: Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914) Fine Art Photographic Library Ltd Fairy MusicClassical music by the great composers inspired by fairiesOver hill, over dale,Through bush, through briar,Over park, over pale,Through flood, through fire,I do wander everywhere,Swifter than the moon's sphere
.William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's DreamFairies and mythical creatures have inspired musicians around the world through many centuries. Indeed, myth and magic, kings and queens, princes and princesses form an integral part of the culture and story-telling of most nations. Stories which began as crucial myths for a race or nation have today become children's stories which still fascinate adults. Elements of fairy stories and the supernatural found their way into many stage works and literature in the nineteenth century, which in turn led composers on new flights of musical fancy. Many of the pieces on this album have their artistic origins in stage works. Mendelssohn's incidental music for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' was composed at the request of the King of Saxony as part of a series of musical settings for Shakespeare plays. The fairies and mythical creatures of Shakespeare's play (including King Oberon and Queen Titania) are expressed by Mendelssohn in sparkling, brilliant music.Tchaikovsky's ballets are amongst the best-known classical works of all time. 'The Nutcracker' features several magical figures including the famous Sugar Plum Fairy. 'Sleeping Beauty' has several fairies in the plot, including those most famously developed into rather homely characters by the Walt Disney film of the story. The film score uses Tchaikovsky's extraordinarily beautiful music in a rich arrangement including a famous song developed from the waltz (track 16).Debussy's famous prelude (track 10) tells the story of a faun (a small, mythical rural creature with horns and a tail) dreaming in a summer field. The work is based on a poem by Mallarmé and was first heard in 1895. The 'Dance of Puck' is one of a dozen impressionistic piano preludes which Debussy composed in the early years of the twentieth century. The dance is a wonderful evocation of the free and unpredictable spirit of Puck, the court jester to Oberon and Titania. Rimsky Korsakov's 'Sheherazade' was inspired by tales of myth and magic from the '1001 Nights', a collection of stories told by the slave girl Sheherazade to amuse her master and to save her own life.
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