Kids Commute - Dolly Week! Friday

Jan 25, 2019

Today, a Spanish Dance to wind up the "Dolly" Suite.
Credit New York Public Library, Public Domain photo

Hooray for Friday! It’s the final day of the school week, and the final day of “Dolly Week” on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. All week long, we’ve been hearing selections from the six movement suite composed by French composer Gabriel Fauré in the 1890s.


So far this week, we’ve learned that “Dolly” wasn’t written about dolls at all, and that Faure likes to give cat-like names to music not written about or for cats. Kind of strange, but when you hear this week’s shows, it makes more sense. In today’s show, we’ll hear the fifth movement, “Le pas Espagnol."  That translates to, “The Spanish Step." Since Faure’s Dolly wasn’t a real doll, and “Mi-a-ou” and “Kitty Valse” weren’t really about cats, would it surprise you that Faure didn’t actually write this movement about Dolly? And what about the sixth movement? Hmmm...unanswered questions. Speaking of unanswered questions, make sure to keep listening after the music to hear the answer to this week’s Quizlet. Did you get the answer right? If you did, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack. Thanks for listening, and have a great weekend!

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Dolly, Op. 56, No. 5 - “Le pas Espagnol”
Composer: Gabriel Faure
Performers: Sally Pinkas and Evan Hirsch, four-hand piano

As promised, here's the movement we didn't have time for this week - "Tendresse."