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Music for Halloween: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
By Robbie Rhodes

Having a Halloween party?  Here's a fine performance which the
visiting hobgoblins and witches can pump at your player piano:

  "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (Paul Dukas, 1897), QRS XP-163,
   played by QRS staff artist Rudy Martin.

The recitation printed on the roll is very entertaining.  It's a
humorous translation by Joseph Auslander (1897-1970) of Goethe's
original poem, "Der Zauberlehrling", in stylized Victorian English.
Auslander was the first Poet Laureate of the USA (1937-1941), and
Consultant in English Poetry at Library of Congress.

A MIDI file of the scherzo "L'apprenti sorcier" may be downloaded

Robbie Rhodes
Etiwanda, CA

(Message sent Tue 30 Oct 2001, 05:13:48 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  Apprentice, Halloween, Music, Sorcerer's

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