L'Enfant et Les Sortilèges
L'Enfant et Les Sortilèges

L'Enfant et Les Sortilèges, a collaboration between Ravel and Colette, is a lyrical fantasy. A young boy of seven lazes before his unfinished schoolwork, and his mother comes in to chastise him. The punishment sends him into a fury - he tears his books, knocks over the tea, pulls the cat's tail and kills a squirrel in its cage. He throws himself...

L'Enfant et Les Sortilèges, a collaboration between Ravel and Colette, is a lyrical fantasy. A young boy of seven lazes before his unfinished schoolwork, and his mother comes in to chastise him. The punishment sends him into a fury - he tears his books, knocks over the tea, pulls the cat's tail and kills a squirrel in its cage. He throws himself into an armchair, but the chair tips over, into a new and strange game. One by one, objects and animals come to life, tormenting him in revenge for what he has done. In the garden too the animals approach, and the whole crowd leaps onto him to punish him. But before the boy faints, he protects and comforts a little squirrel who has been injured in the melée. Remorsefully, the creatures pardon him, and retreat

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