Saturday, September 11, 2010

Korngold's Fairy Tale music

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was a romantic composer who often used fairy tales as inspiration. He composed a set of seven "Fairy Tale Pictures" in 1910, originally for piano, which he later orchestrated. I almost always prefer an orchestral version (I'm trying to think of anything where I don't like the orchestral version best and I'm drawing a blank...the link is to an orchestral version on Amazon) but being limited to youtube selections, here's the last movement, "The Fairytale speaks an Epilogue," the piano version.

It's a pretty piece. The infuriating thing is, Korngold was 13 years old in 1910. The other movements are "The Enchanted Princess," "The Ruler of Spirits," "The Goblins," "The Fairy King's Ball," "The Brave Little Tailor," and a missing movement, "The Princess and the Pea."
Korngold also composed the music for the soundtrack to "The Adventures of Robin Hood:"

And also "The Prince and the Pauper":

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