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Treasure Chest

"X" marks the spot as Ether Game goes digging for buried musical treasure!

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We're digging for musical treasure in this very valuable episode of Ether Game!

This week on the show, diamonds are Ether Game’s best friend! We’re looking at gold, gems, and jewels of all kind in a show called “Treasure Chest”!

Did you know…

  • Gold is at the center of the opera Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner, after the dwarf steals the gold from the Rhine-maidens. It takes four operas and nearly 16 hours to resolve the conflict!
  • The aria “Glitter And Be Gay” from Leonard Bernstein’s opera Candide has Cunegonde question her own honor, while bedecking herself with lots of jewelry!
  • Georges Bizet’s other opera The Pearl Fishers is about a pair of friends and pearl divers on the island of Ceylon. The opera’s mostly famous for its duet “Au fond du Temple Saint.”
  • Hidden treasure is at the heart of the opera The Gypsy Baron by Johann Strauss II. A famous excerpt from this opera is the Treasure Waltz, still performed at many Viennese concerts!
  • The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore dramatizes the life of Horace Tabor and his mistress, a real-life silver magnate from Colorado, who was involved in the political debate over the silver standard in the U.S. in the 19th century.
  • Claudio Monteverdi was hoping to receive a pension as a gift for composing his seventh book of madrigals. Instead, he got a necklace!

See the full playlist below:

And don’t forget to check out our Treasure Chest Podcast this week, for an extra round of the show!

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