Starting with the previous post, I explained how the Enchantment Theatre production of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble takes a detour from Steig’s book in its middle section, trying to dramatize the passage of the seasons and the months that Sylvester spent trapped as a large rock as a result of a magic spell gone awry. After observing a trio of squirrels and a family of pigs, Sylvester falls into a reverie and we get a “dream ballet”-style flashback to his parents’ courtship and his birth and childhood.
The first part of the ballet dramatizes the courtship of the Duncans, and the music builds at the end as the stork (!) brings their baby, Sylvester. The second part of the Dream Ballet, in which the parents spend happy days watching their baby grow up, is a composition called Waltz For Miles, which was posted on Day 145, my grandson’s birthday, but here it is again:
Describing his efforts to compose music for a poignant scene in the film The Sand Castle, composer Alec Wilder wrote, “Man, I wrote my sad ass off for that scene,” and that’s pretty much how I feel about the music I’ve posted today. This sequence evokes all my tender feelings about my wife and family – maybe it’ll conjur up some emotions for you too!