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L’ Enfant et les Sortilèges


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(Ravel). Lib. by Colette (Sidonie‐Gabrielle Colette); 2 acts; f.p. Monte Carlo 1925, cond. Victor de Sabata.

An old Norman country house: Punished by his Mother for being rude and naughty, the Child has a tantrum, throwing things about and hurting the cat. All the ill‐treated inanimate objects come to life and taunt him. The cat sings a duet with his mate and in the garden the trees and animals join in the torment, singing of the terrible way they have been treated by the Child. Frightened, the Child calls for his mother. An injured squirrel appears and the Child bandages its paw. Amazed at this act of kindness, the other animals help him call for his mother. As she approaches, he rushes into her arms. Among the objects which come to life are: Louis XV Chair (sop.), Chinese Cup (mezzo alto), Armchair (bass), Teapot (ten.), Grandfather Clock (bar.); various animals join the action.

Subjects: Opera.


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