Michaelmas is Wednesday and I'm really excited about our Dragon Party! I have a lot of cool stuff planned. We've been working on memorizing a dragon poem so we will recite that, as well as read the rest of the poems in the book. I want to (finally) make the conker dragon from All Year Round, and Zac and I went and collected chestnuts today. So wish me luck with that!
We will have vanilla ice cream, which goes with the poem we learned. We will read Saint George and the Dragon, and build an enormous castle wall of foam bricks and act out the story. Happily, I have a dragon cloak; a king crown; and a knight breastplate, helmet, sword belt, and sword. Lastly, I'd like us to plant snowdrops so that they will come up at Candlemas!
Since my plan was to read The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin on Wednesday for Music class, I'd particularly love to find a piece of Dragon classical music which we can listen to while we eat lunch! And I found a very interesting Dragon Classical Music? thread. Here are some of its suggestions:
Flutter echoes and Dragon in clouds
“Naki-Ryu” literally translates from Japanese into “Roaring Dragon”
opera - this is the third opera in the Ring Cycle
Fafner is the name of the dragon; he is slain in Act 2 Scene 2
"The Magic Flute"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
unnamed dragon; he is slain in Act 1 Scene 1 “Oh help me!” [Dragon scene]
"Las Cuevas del Dragon" or "The Lairs of the Dragon"
one piano, four hands (student piece)
from "Hàry Jànos"
The "Ballet Music" was originally a part of the opera "Hàry Jànos" and was performed under the title "Dragon Dance" in Hary's fourth adventure, "The End of World," on October 16, 1926 in the Hungarian Opera.... Kodály [later] renamed the "Dragon Dance" "Ballet Music," not wanting its title "to preserve the dragons; why, others, too, can dance like dragons."
excerpted from a 1978 doctoral thesis THE INFLUENCE OF FRENCH IMPRESSIONISM AND THE ESSENCE OF THE HUNGARIAN NATIONAL CHARACTER IN ZOLTAN KODALY'S PIANO MUSIC
"Cadmus et Hermione"
unnamed dragon; he is slain in Act 4 Scene 2
"The Dragon of Wantley"
Johan Friedrich Lampe
"The Banner of St. George"
orchestra and chorus
It's exciting to have so many options!
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