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Gioacchino Rossini – La Cenerentola – Overture



La Cenerentola, ossia La bontà in trionfo (Cinderella, or Goodness Triumphant) is an operatic dramma giocoso in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. The libretto was written by Jacopo Ferretti, based on the fairy tale Cinderella. The opera was first performed in Rome’s Teatro Valle on 25 January 1817.

 

Leoš Janáček: Lachian Dances (1889/90)


Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928), perhaps more than any other composer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Gustav Mahler and Sergey Rahmaninov, represents a puzzling case in point as for the cultural and spiritual seismic shift that took place between the 1870s/’80s and the 1920s. He comes from a world already shaken by the French Revolution and all subsequent revolutions up to 1848, yet still sufficiently alive so to remember the old ways: fairy tales and folk legends, style, distinction, Monarchy, Catholicism. This last quarter of the 19th century was at the same time the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII, who indeed fought like a lion in order to ward off the meanwhile 360° onslaught, open and hidden, against the old order and the Catholic Church. However, Janáček, like so many of his generation, was drawn into those false promises of a “new era”, whether pan-Slavic, pantheist, or plain modernist. Still he kept the memories of the old world of his childhood days. His musical oeuvre, especially his folkloristic works, so painfully as well as articulately shows what had been lost – lost forever …

 

Before Cinderella, YE XIAN


 

Ye Xian

Perhaps the oldest known version of the archetypical Cinderella story, “Ye Xian” is a Chinese fairy tale first published in the 9th century. Enslaved by her wicked stepmother and stepsister, the story’s eponymous heroine befriends a magical fish in a nearby lake. The fish is killed and eaten by Ye Xian’s stepfamily, but its bones provide her with lovely clothes to wear to a festival. There, she loses a tiny slipper, which falls into the hands of a king. The slipper is made not of glass but what? More… Discuss