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Catching some Zzz’s

Can you name this tune? Put on your dancing shoes and let your imagination run wild…

This composer took his love life very seriously—so much so that he reflected it in some of his music. The fictional “artist” protagonist—based, of course, on the composer himself—reflects upon the loving, losing, and murdering of a “beloved” who is depicted by a recurring musical theme. After a tempestuous first movement depicting the artist’s passionate dreams, the theme keeps resurfacing in scenes ranging from the delicate to the grotesque and blending reality and reverie.

Music Heard On This Episode

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty: Act I, Waltz
Russian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev, cond. — Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Dg Imports, 2000)
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty: Act I, Waltz
Russian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev, cond. — Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Dg Imports, 2000)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations: Aria; Variations I-VI
Glenn Gould, piano — Bach: The Goldberg Variations (CBS Records, 1990)
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Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel: Now I lay me down to sleep”; Angel Pantomime
Ann Murray and Edita Gruberova, soloists/Staatskapelle Dresden/Colin Davis, cond — Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel (Polygram Records, 1993)
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David Raksin: Laura
Gerry Mulligan, baritone sax/Bob Brookmeyer, valve trombone/Joe Benjamin, bass/Gus Johnson, drums — Music In Film (National Public Radio Milestones Of The Millennium) (Sony, 1999)
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John Dowland: Come, Heavy Sleep
John Potter, t/ John Surman, b. cl./Barry Guy, b/Stephen Stubbs, lt/Maya Homburger, baroque vln — John Dowland: In Darkness Let Me Dwell (Ecm Import, 2000)
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Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin: Lady in the Dark: The Saga of Jenny
Lotte Lenya, voice/Maurice Levine, cond — Theatre Songs (Sony, 1990)
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Stephen Foster: Beautiful Dreamer; Sweetly she Sleeps, my Alice Fair
Thomas Hampson, voice/ Jay Ungar, mandolin/Molly Mason, gt/David Alpher, p — American Dreamer: Songs of Stephen Foster (Angel Records, 1992)
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George Crumb: The Sleeper
Jan deGaetani, ms/Gilbert Kalish, p — Songs of America (Nonesuch, 1992)
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Hans Zimmer: Inception: Excerpts
Studio Orchestra/Matt Dunkley, cond. — Inception (WaterTower Music, 2010)
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Robert Schumann: Scenes from Childhood
Radu Lupu, piano — Kinderszenen/Kreisleriana/Humoreske (Decca, 1996)
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Hector Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique: A Ball
Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique/John Eliot Gardiner, cond. — Symphonie fantastique (Philips, 1993)
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Giuseppe Becce: Cabinet of Dr Caligari: Excerpts
North German Radio Artists/Helmut Inig, cond — Cabinet of Dr Caligari (K. Records, 1996)
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Roy Orbison: All I have to do is Dream; In Dreams
Roy Orbison — In Dreams: Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits (Orbison Records, 1997)
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