Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le toit

Surrealist art emerged in Paris around 1920, and from there it spread throughout the world. One of the first important surrealist works was this short ballet by Darius Milhaud. The music was inspired largely by Brazilian popular tunes. “The Ox on the Roof” (“Le Boeuf sur le toit” in French) is the name of an old Brazilian tango; presumably, Milhaud liked not only the melody, but also the suitably surreal title.

Performed by the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, conducted by Kent Nagano (20 minutes)

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