Marita And Her Hearts Desire
  • CAT # 80460-25

    1. Marita talks to the moon, but the moon does not answer 3:33
    2. Marita sets out to find the moon
    3. Marita meets a great gray cat 2:21
    4. Marita and the cat meet a rat 2:52
    5. Marita, the cat, and the rat meet a golden dog 2:08
    6. They cross the river to get to Harper's Department Store 1:19
    7. They see the moon, sitting on top of Harper's Department Store
    8. They try to push the door open and are helped by a mouse 3:02
    9. Adventures inside Harper's Department Store at night 5:26
    10. Marita asks the moon for her heart's desire, and the moon answers her 4:45
    11. Marita goes home 3:59
    12. Theme
    13. Woodwinds
    14. Brass
    15. Strings & Harp
    16. Percussion
    17. Flute & Piccolo
    18. Oboe 1:03
    19. Clarinet
    20. Bassoon
    21. Violins
    22. Violas
    23. Cellos 1:13
    24. Doublebasses 1:05
    25. Harp
    26. Horn
    27. Trumpet
    28. Trombone & Tuba 1:01
    29. Timpani
    30. Bass Drum & Cymbals
    31. Tambourine & Triangle
    32. Snare Drum & Wood Block
    33. Xylophone
    34. Castanets & Gong
    35. Whip
    36. Fugue 1:57
    37. Theme

Marita and Her Heart's Desire is a magical, mysterious and funny story of a little girl who believes the moon can grant her heart's desire. She sets off to talk to the moon, which-Marita thinks-is sitting right on the roof of Harper's Department Store. On her way, she is joined by a slinky cat, a no-nonsense rat, a jaunty dog and a helpful mouse, all of whom want their hearts' desires, too. In the end, the moon tells Marita to go home, and she discovers that home is where her heart's desire is, after all.

In addition to the narration by Michele Mariana, and the debut performance of Ariella Perlman as Marita, the musical "characters" in this original fairy tale are performed by musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, now in its 30th anniversary year. This is the first disc for children ever to be recorded by the ensemble. Bruce Adolphe, who has been the Education Director of the Society since 1992, composed the original score. "Marita…has a secret musical agenda for children," says Adolphe. "The score actually contains a lot of counterpoint, which is accomplished by each character's 'theme' being used simultaneously in a group with two or three others," he adds.

Find out more about Itzhak Perlman, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Andre Previn