Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Peer Gynt and Cats and Mice

My co-author and I have some overlapping cultural experiences and some that seem completely detached from each other’s worlds.  I love Peer Gynt. The play, the music, the imagination and even the debate about whether the story “really happened” or was all in Peer’s head after he got knocked unconscious by that rock.

My co-author has no idea what the play is about and claimed to me that she had never heard the music.

So, I sent her the links to two of my favorite pieces:

 Hall of the Mountain King?  I think you'll recognize this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRpzxKsSEZg




Here's Anitra's Dance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55lZ3LE7tHg



My co-author gleefully told me, “That’s cartoon music. It’s what they play when the mice sneak up on the cat.”

Cartoons as the vehicle for great music.  Who’d a thunk it?

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