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Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky Composer

4 Berceuses du Chat, song cycle for voice and 3 clarinets or piano

Performances: 2
Tracks: 8
  • 4 Berceuses du Chat, song cycle for voice and 3 clarinets or piano
    Year: 1915-16
    Genre: Solo Song / Lied / Chanson
    Pr. Instrument: Voice
    • 1.The tom-cat on the stove
    • 2.The tom-cat (At Home)
    • 3.Bye-bye (Dodo)
    • 4.O tom-cat, tom-cat (The Cat has....)
Igor Stravinsky's Cat's Cradle Songs (1915 - 16) comprise settings of four traditional Russian texts for alto voice and three clarinets. (Stravinsky also made a version for voice and piano.) Stravinsky scholar Eric White notes that the four songs—"The Tomcat," "The Tomcat on the Stove," "Bye-bye," and "O Tomcat, Tomcat"—clearly belong to the era of Pribaoutki (1914), Stravinsky's collection of nonsense songs composed in the Russian folk idiom. The Cat's Cradle Songs however, possess a terseness that is somewhat foreign to the idiom, perhaps foreshadowing the brevity and austerity of Stravinsky's soon-to-emerge Neoclassical style.

The four songs explore the full range and expressive capabilities of the clarinets. With their sinuous melodic twists and turns, the songs are, in White' s words, "a most appropriate commentary on a domestic corner of the animal world."

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