The scene of the Ballet is laid in a garden at Fontainebleau in the early sixteenth century. Francis I, King of France, is entertaining his guest, the Emperor Charles V of Germany, and has organized magnificent festivities in his honour.
There are in the complete Ballet half-a-dozen contrasted scenes, in which gods and goddesses from Olympus appear.
Ring Out The Old - 1927
The old folks shake their heads mournfully.
'We shall not see his like again', they murmur, and they gather their grandchildren round them and tell of the doings of the late monarch. To his virtues they are kind and 'to his faults a little blind', but he is dead. Speak not ill of the dead, or you disturb his slumbers. Vex not his ghost.
And the past will always win
A glory from its being far.
There is rejoicing in the streets; the old order passes; new things are beginning. Old things have their place and their devotees. but youth demands adventure, fresh beginnings.
Life is a sheet of paper white
Whereon each one of us may write His word...
Then let us begin a new sheet-and quickly!
1928 - Ring in The New
The 'Fantasy', The Three Bears, is a musical presentation of the well-known tale about the little girl who nearly got into the clutches of these creatures. We have no difficulty in interpreting the motif heard at the start - 'Who's been sitting in my chair?' Goldilocks gets up (at five o'clock, as we hear), and runs off to the bears' house. Finding it empty, she peeps about and amuses herself awhile, then falls asleep. The bears arrive (Oboe, the little bear, Clarinet, the second one, and Bassoon the big bear), and chase her away. Goldilocks runs home to granny and tells her of the exciting adventure.
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