Music for a Charlie Chaplin film?

Did you know that Milhaud said his popular work Le Boeuf sur le Toit was “suitable music for a Charlie Chaplin film”?
Sadly that wasn’t to be, but it was turned into a surrealist ballet by Milhaud working with Jean Cocteau and Raoul Dufy.
This crazy piece was inspired by Brazilian popular melodies and the ballet was set in a Prohibition-era bar frequented by colourful characters: a bookmaker, a dwarf, a boxer, a woman dressed in men’s clothing and a policeman who is decapitated by the blades of an overhead fan before he is revived……….
Check it out at our fabulous family concerts in Camden on 19 November and in Kew on 26th November

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