Anna and Cara have discovered the William Tell Overture
they ask for it by name - "the horsie song." When I was little, I
remember searching through mom & dad's records looking for this
song. I didn't know the name of it; I only knew what the cover looked
like. My little sister and I would then act out a whole story to the
full overture. When it starts, we would be sitting on a ship on the
calm seas, relaxing, maybe eating cereal, whatever. Then the music
starts to hint that something dramatic is coming, with the drip, drip,
drip of raindrops. We would look at the sky, very worried at what was
coming. Then the music builds and builds until it bursts into a violent
storm at sea that tosses our ship every which way, and we'd roll and
throw ourselves all over the floor. Finally, the storm subsides, and for
awhile we find ourselves shipwrecked on a beach. We look around for
awhile, wondering where we are, until the final movement, when all of a
sudden, we have horses! And we ride and ride and run and run around and
around all the way to the end of the song. That was our whole play.
Anna and Cara don't really care to hear much of it except for the
final movement with the horses. Although Anna does tiptoe during the
"beach" music that leads up to the horsie part. Someday I'll be able to
teach them the whole story.
Click here to see a video I recorded yesterday of the girls running around and around to the William Tell Overture.
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