Marita And Her Heart's 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.
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