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Composers Love Toys

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Before Chucky, Woody or Buzz, the idea of animating toys captured the imaginations of a number of composers. Victor Herbert wrote the operetta Babes in Toyland, Respighi compiled some Rossini piano pieces for La boutique fantasque, and even Debussy got in on the game with La Boîte à joujoux. Throughout December WFMT is featuring music having to do with children. Monday morning starting at 9:00 AM, Carl Grapentine samples music specifically about toys. Do any others come to mind?

Monday, 9:00 AM

Herbert Babes in Toyland Prelude–Razumovsky Sym/Keith Brion.

Herbert Babes in Toyland: March of the Toys–St Louis Sym/Leonard Slatkin

L Mozart Toy Symphony In G–Stuttgart Chamber Orch/Karl Münchinger

Debussy La Boîte à Joujoux: Le Magasin de Jouets–ORTF National Orch/Jean Martinon

You may remember Disney’s version of Babes in Toyland. Before that there were Laurel and Hardy. Check it out:

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