Segments: "A Rustic Ballad," a story of feuding hillbillys; "A Tone Poem," a mood piece set on a blue bayou; "A Jazz Interlude," a bobby-soxer goes jitterbugging with her date at the malt shop; "A Ballad in Blue," dark room, rain and somber landscapes illustrate the loss of a lover; "A Musical Recitation," the story of Casey at the Bat; "Ballade Ballet," ballet dancers perform in silhouette; "A Fairy Tale with Music," Peter and the Wolf; "After You've Gone," four musical instruments chase through a surreal landscape; "A Love Story," about the romance between a fedora and a bonnet; "Opera Pathetique," the story of Willie, the Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met. Written by
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Did You Know?
The poem "Casey at the Bat" (1888) never elaborates on the origin of Casey and does not give him a full name. However "Casey" is an Irish name, meaning "vigilant", "watchful". Casey's creator Ernest Lawrence Thayer
(1863-1940) confirmed that he borrowed the name Casey from an Irish acquaintance of his. See more
[Willie impaled by a harpoon by Prof. Tetti-Tatti
Now Willie will never sing at the met. But don't be too harsh on Tetti-Tatti; he just didn't understand. You see, Willie's singing was a miracle, and people aren't used to miracles.
[to Willie's seagull friend who mourns the whale's loss
And you, faithful little friend, don't be too sad, because miracles never really die. And somewhere in wherever heaven is reserved for creatures of the deep, Willie is still singing, in a hundred ...
Written by Arrigo Boito
Excerpt Sung as bass by Nelson Eddy
in "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met" number See more