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Gypsy's nature picks

The tulips have bloomed and I've probably cut 10 worms in half moving tiger lilies around, plus a friend got a few baby chicks to raise. Nature is welcoming us into spring, maybe a little early summer, but every day beckons me outside even when my nose should be to the grindstone. At least 2 animals and 1 event are described musically below:

Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition - Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks - done up on youtube with animation (sorry I couldn't figure out the ensemble)

Frederick Delius Florida Suite - Sunset - youtube slideshow

Béla Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta 3rd movement - the famous arch form movement depicts a cricket via the xylophone



And what happens to l'eggs with legs when they grow up? Are they harvested by Baba Yaga for his hut?

Here's Sviatoslav Richter in a performance that makes the various orchestrations by Ravel, Ashkenazy, et al. well-nigh superfluous; the Emerson, Lake and Palmer version, however, will be forever remembered for its high camp.

. . . her hut?

yup, her. I like the illustrations with this article.

Thanks for the recording references (there's another theme lurking in there too). I think I'm done searching Amazon; it takes too long to find audio clips. I suppose I could still recommend recordings, but hearing from others is a plus.

My favorite Pictures at an Exhibition recording is the one by John Browning, though now I may have to get the Richter too. I like that the orchestrations are well-nigh superfluous. Your reference to the Emerson, Lake and Palmer dates you. John Browning plays Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Rachmaninov : Sonata, Hopak, Impromptu Passionné


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