ain't baroque! :||
Don't Fix It

I’ve got no strings to hold me down

Okay, let’s say you’re a joyless curmudgeon and Rodgers and Hammerstein just isn’t your thing. Looks like your entire weekend is free. Do you mind if I suggest an alternative? An alternative I’m in? An original ballet version of Pinocchio? At the Publick Playhouse in Cheverly, Maryland? Two showings at 3:30 and 7:30 pm? Tickets max out at like twelve bucks a pop? Here’s the Facebook event? I’m a marionette? Twice? (I demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty.)

Whether you can come or not, I’ve dreamed up a little exercise for you. Below you will find two lists. One represents a very small selection of scenes from the Ballet Academy‘s production of Pinocchio. The other lists all the corresponding music for the show. The music has been shuffled, and it is YOUR job to figure out which piece goes with which scene. I’ve provide YouTube links for the music to help. I’ll set aside two tickets to the showing of your choice if you can match them all. Not that I think anyone’ll take me up on it, but the offer stands!

Regardless, I’m challenging your ability to feel the music — can you tell what each piece has been matched to represent? GO!

The Scenes

  1. Pinocchio has a run-in with the police
  2. Stromboli’s puppet show: Tux and Gown
  3. Stromboli’s puppet show: Strongman
  4. Stromboli’s puppet show: White Corps ballerinas
  5. Pleasure Island: The donkey boys are put through their paces

The Music

  1. “Marionettes” from Scenes de ballet, by Glazunov
  2. Overture to Fra Diavolo, by Meyerbeer
  3. Armen’s Variation, by Khachaturian
  4. “Schottische” from Souvenirs, by Barber
  5. Poupee Valsante, by Kreisler & Rupp

See, there are only five! It’ll be easy! Just remember: always let your conscience be your guide.


About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.



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