Kids Commute - Puppet Week! Thursday

Jan 31, 2019

Today - a marionette funeral.

Welcome back to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! The Kids Commute team hopes that you’re enjoying this week dedicated to music written for puppets of all kinds. So far we’ve heard puppet music composed by Bohuslav Martinu and Claude Debussy. And yesterday, we learned about “Petrouchka”, a puppet ballet composed by Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky. There’s also the Kids Commute Quizlet - if you haven’t guessed the correct answer yet, keep trying! There’s another hint waiting for you after the music in today’s show. If you guess the correct answer, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.


Today, we take you to a puppet funeral with “Funeral March of a Marionette”. French composer Charles Gounod had originally written music to make fun of a music critic. In today’s show, we’ll tell you why he had a change of heart. So what is a marionette, and why did the it need a funeral? It’s all in today’s episode of Kids Commute - music appreciation for kids from Interlochen Public Radio.

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"Funeral March of a Marionette"
Composer: Charles Gounod
Conductor/Orchestra: Leonard Slatkin/St. Louis Symphony Orchestra