Thursday, October 8, 2015

The End of Midsummer, The Beginning of Peer Gynt

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Here are the last of the forty images from Rackham's illustrations for A Midsummer Night's Dream. The final image on this set is, of course, from Rackham's illustrated edition of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt. It its the frontispiece from that volume, and depicts the play's most famous scene, in which Peer confronts the horrible troll king under the mountain -- the scene that was so memorably scored by Edvard Grieg in his Peer Gynt Suite. I was going to provide a link to a performance of the music, but frankly no one on YouTuble plays the god damn thing right. You need to track down the recording made by The Cleveland Orchestra with George Szell conducting.

At this time I am pleased to be able to preview the matching tarot pouch for this deck, which you will be able to get in your choice of FIVE different styles:

Titania and Oberon   •   Puck

Red Riding Hood    •   Titania

Tree Hugger

That's all for today. The deck is coming soon, but we still have more cards to preview here, so keep on coming back!

-- Frede.