Little listening guide to explore some works you’ll hear at the concert.
Igor Stravinsky, Suite No. 2, “Galop”
When our Puss takes the stage, this music will accompany him. In your opinion, is the cat moving slowly and quietly, or is he restless and noisy?
Modest Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, “The Market at Limoges”
The miller is ravenously hungry and finds his cat more than a little appetizing! Imagine the scene where he tries to catch him to the sound of this music.
Respighi, La boutique fantasque, “Tarantella”
The tarantella is a traditional dance of Italian origin. Did you know that in fact it was an Italian, Giovanni Francesco Straparola, who was the first person to write a version of Puss-in-Boots, also known by the title The Master Cat? But the classic version of the tale was written in French by Charles Perrault, in the late 17th century. The tarantella by Respighi will accompany our characters towards the chateau. Do you think it’s the king’s chateau, or the ogre’s?
Prokofiev, Cinderella, “Midnight”
As you listen to this music, try to guess if it accompanies a scene where the characters have to dash or if they have plenty of time. As in the story of Cinderella, when the clock strikes midnight, do people have to hurry?