Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Maurice Sendak: In Memory of a Master Artist and Storyteller

Maurice Sendak was a man that exuded energy and life as a person and through his words and artwork.  Though he has passed, he will continue to be a source of life and happiness through the wonderful work he has left behind.  He was and will always be a giant treasure and presence in the history of children's literature.  Here is a slideshow highlighting his career from NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/05/07/arts/artsspecial/05072012SENDAK-SS.html 

I had been planning on writing a post about Mr. Sendak this week, highlighting a work of his that seems to be lesser known.  So in his memory, I hope to introduce all of you to another Sendak creation.  In 2004 Mr. Sendak joined forces with the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra and created a most unique, hilarious, and energized Klezmer version of Peter and the Wolf, entitled "Pincus and the Pig: A Klezmer Tale".  It is not a physical book, it is a magnificent audio performance, narrated by Sendak himself with music from the Klezmer orchestra.  It is sharp, witty, and totally "Sendakian".  I hope all of you get a chance to hear this wonder!  It is available through Amazon on CD or MP3 and also on iTunes

Rest in Peace,

Mr. Sendak!

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