Kids Commute - Mermaid Week! (part two)

Sep 16, 2017

Kids Commute Mermaid Week! Rusalkas are mermaids in Slavic mythology.
Credit Painting: Rusalka, by Wilhelm Kotarbiński.

Here's Part Two of Mermaid Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids from Interlochen Public Radio!

Note: due to some changes in our website, from now on each Kids Commute episode will be in its own daily post, rather than combined into one weekly post.

EPISODE 9: Part of Your World (Friday, September 15, 2017)

Today, we meet Ariel, the star of Disney's The Little Mermaid, based on the famous fairy tale of the same name. The Little Mermaid, with music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, premiered in movie theaters in 1989, and became a Broadway musical in 2008. We'll hear the original version of, "Part of Your World," sung by Jodi Benson.

Here's today's Kids Commute:

...and here's a clip of the song from the movie!  

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EPISODE 8: Song to the Moon/O Lovely Moon (Thursday, September 14, 2017)

Today, we'll meet an Eastern European mermaid, called a, "Rusalka," by the Slavic people. This opera, by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, has a very similar story to The Little Mermaid. Our Rusalka falls in love with a human prince, and sings about him to the moon.

Here's today's Kids Commute:

Below is an English translation of the lyrics of, "Song to the Moon." Learn more about the aria and find links to several beautiful recordings here.

Moon, high and deep in the sky
Your light sees far,
You travel around the wide world,
and see into people's homes.

Moon, stand still a whileand tell me where is my dear.
Tell him, silvery moon,
that I am embracing him.
For at least momentarily
let him recall of dreaming of me.
Illuminate him far away,
and tell him, tell him who is waiting for him!
If his human soul is, in fact, dreaming of me,
may the memory awaken him!
Moonlight, don't disappear, disappear!

...and here's our singer, Renee Fleming, in a clip from Rusalka: