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Mother Goose

 ComposerMaurice Ravel
 MusicMa Mere l′Oye Suite (1908, orchestrated 1912)
 DancersMuriel Aasen (Story Teller, Princess Florine); Delia Peters (Good Fairy); Tracy Bennett (Bad Fairy); Deborah Koolish (Beauty); Richard Hoskinson (Beast); Matthew Giordano (Hop o′ My Thumb); Colleen Neary (Laideronette); Jay Jolley (Green Serpent); Daniel Duell (Prince Charming)
 CostumesStanley Simmons
 LightingRonald Bates
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereMay 22, 1975, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs32 Dancers
Story Teller, Princess Florine, Good Fairy (girl), Bad Fairy (boy), Beauty (girl), Beast (boy), Hop o My Thumb (boy), Laideronnette (girl), Green Serpent (boy), Prince Charming, Cupid (boy), Blackamoors (2 girls, 2 boys), Pagodines (2 girls, 2 boys), Courrier (boy), Corps (5 girls, 8 boys)
 Requirementsstory teller, orchestra
 Running Time25′
 NotesIn 1908 Ravel wrote five piano pieces based on fairy tales as a suite which he called "Ma Mere l′Oye". Later, in 1911, writing a scenario of his own, he added more pieces plus connective transitions. His scenario, charming and wittily detailed as written into the score itself, contains delightful invention. To the spellbound Sleeping Beauty (a character in a fairy tale by Perrault) he gives dreams of other fairy tale characters (also by Perrault or imitators). The ballet had its premiere in 1912 at the Theatre des Arts, Paris.


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