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Some fools, pranks, and other tricks on this foolish episode of Ether Game!

The Fool On the Hill...

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An April Fools' Day show of the biggest fools of classical music.

In honor of April Fools Day this past Saturday, the Ether Brain Trust will be serving as you your band of merry pranksters tonight, on a show we’re calling “Tomfoolery.”

Did you know…

  • Lt. Kijé by Sergei Prokofiev is based on an anecdote about Emperor Paul I of Russia, regarding a time when he was fooled into believing an imaginary military officer existed.
  • Composer Dimitri Kabalevsky wrote mostly for children, including his famous work The Comedians and its well-known “Comedians’ Galop.”
  • The title character from Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss is based on a folk hero known to prank people in medieval times—the town on Möllin in Germany believes Till was buried there!
  • Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf‘s comic opera Archifanfano, King of Fools premiered on the estate of Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy, under the baton on Joseph Haydn.
  • The lead singer of the band The Main Ingredient, known for their hit “Everybody Plays The Fool,” is Cuba Gooding Sr, father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

See the full playlist below:

And don’t forget to check out our foolish podcast from earlier this week!

Music Heard On This Episode


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