Dvorak, in the early nineties, planned a Symphony in three Movements, based upon a poetical scheme as follows: (1) Childhood's Innocence; (2) Youth's Wild Joys and Loves; (3) Manhood's Passions.
Then, on reflection, he broke the three movements apart from one another, and published them as three separate works, which he called Overtures. Of these Carnival is the second.
High spirits are its prevailing note. The title's suggestion of youth's eager enjoyments fits it perfectly. It is full of open-air feeling, and one may easily imagine a scene of masks, gay costumes, Chinese lanterns and confetti - with a quiet corner somewhere for tender conversation.
The complete Children's Corner Suite, which Debussy dedicated 'To my dear little Chouchou, with her father's tender excuses for what follows', contains six pieces-(1) Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum; (2) Jimbo's Lullaby; (3) Serenade for the Doll; (4) The Snow is dancing; (5) The Little Shepherd; (6) Golliwog's Cakewalk.
by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Played by The Station Radio Players
The garden before Sir Richard Lea's Castle
Scenes II and II.
A hall in the house of Robin Hood, the Earl of Huntingdon
Sir Richard Lea is in despair, for he has borrowed money from the Abbot which he must repay in a year and a month or lose his land. Sir Richard belongs to the party of the absent King Richard and the Abbot has turned to Prince John so that the matter is further complicated. Marian, Sir Richard Lea's daughter, loves Robin, the Earl of Huntingdon, who is better known as Robin Hood, but the Sheriff of Nottingham wishes to marry her and he will settle her father's debt if she does so, for Sir Richard has a passion for his land.
The Composer describes My Robin as 'a room-music ramble upon the first four bars of the old tune of that name, for Flute, English Horn (Alto Oboe) and six strings.' The piece is one of a series of 'Settings of Songs and Tunes from William Chappell's Old English Popular Music.'
Robin Hood, Earl of Huntingdon:
Followers of Robin Hood - Will Scarlet:
Followers of Robin Hood - Friar Tuck:
Followers of Robin Hood - Much:
Sheriff of Nottingham:
Sir Richard Lea:
Maid Marian, daughter of Sir Richard Lea:
Kate, attendant on Marian:
Retainers, Merry Men and Messengers:
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