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Children's Games
    by John Cech

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This pensive music was composed by the famous harpist Marisa Robles. It's from her Narnia Suite, which she wrote in 1991 -- over a decade before the release of the movie based on C. S. Lewis's classic, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Unfortunately, this haunting music doesn't appear in the film, but you can find this movement from it on a collection of musical works for young people called Children's Games from Sanctuary Classics. The CD contains music by and takes its title from Georges Bizet, who wrote a group of works for children called Jeux d'Enfants. You probably know his famous galop -- which, if your child does it to the end half a dozen times, is almost sure to result in a nice, long nap.

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"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas makes its appearance here, too, as does Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," and the oh-so-quiet "Dolly Suite" by Gabriel Fauré. But the real surprises are Ms. Robles' music and the lyrical "The Pied Piper" by the American composer, Walter Mourant. It's not about the rats, it's about the piper and what makes his arpeggios so magical in the first place.

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Copyright 2007 John Cech

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