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Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (dramatic anthology)

     [Sponsorship for this series on alternate weeks was Lux Soap,
      so on those weeks it was called: "Lux Playhouse";

      Syndicated title: "Herald Playhouse"]

     (CBS Primetime, 1951 - 1959)
     (Syndicated)


Theme: "Can Can" [movement] from the ballet "La Boutique Fantasque"

    [aka: "Petit Caprice (for Piano)";

     The English translation of the French title "La Boutique Fantasque" 
     is "The Fantastic Toyshop", although usually the French title
     is seen on concert and ballet programs. This 1919 ballet was 
     created by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi from melodies
     of earlier Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
     whose most famous opera was "William Tell". (The overture for
     "William Tell" is also the source of the "Lone Ranger" THEME.)
     
     As contributor Tom Perrone points out, Respighi adapted the "Can Can"
     movement of his suite from Rossini's "Petit Caprice (for Piano)".
     
     Further information about it was uncovered on the Harvard College
     Library Web Site at http://oasis.harvard.edu/html/hou00140.html. An 
     abstract of that information follows:
          
     After his succesful career as an opera composer Rossini took a
     long and well-deserved hiatus from composing. When he returned to
     write, he wrote short pieces for solo piano and for voice with
     piano accompaniment.  At the end of his life, between the years 
     1857 - 1868, he wrote 237 such "miscellaneous" pieces, organized 
     in 13 albums, sometimes called "Péchés de Vieillesse."
     
     The "Petit Caprice" is No. 6 from Book 10 of Rossini's 13 albums. 
     It's manuscript is at the Houghton Library, at Harvard College.
     
     After Rossini's death in 1868, his widow sold this collection
     of unpublished manuscripts to the English Baron Albert Grant.
     He, in turn, had the collection auctioned in London in 1878.
     
     A French music society acquired them, and licensed the rights of
     publication of 35 of the solo piano pieces to the publisher
     Heugel. This set was prepared for publication by Auguste Vaucorbeil,
     the director of the Paris Opera who gave the pieces new picturesque 
     titles and changed the order of the pieces for publication.
     
     In 1919 Respighi adapted several of Rossini's piano works for the
     orchestra as ballet music, under the title "La Boutique Fantasque."
     It was a very successful ballet, and the charming Ballet Suite
     from it was often recorded, making Rossini's melody widely known.
     
     Rossini never lived to see how famous this one of his 237 little
     pieces would become all over the world -- through the hand of so many 
     others after his death, via Respighi's Ballet, through recordings,
     and eventually through the medium of television.#93;

     Composer: Ottorino Respighi [not affiliated with ASCAP or BMI]

     Original Publisher: [unknown Italian publisher]
     2001 Publisher:  [public domain]

     Composition Date: 1919
     Copyright Date:
     Recordings:


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