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Cirque du Soleil's show Corteo sounds from an initial description like a somewhat forbidding production. "Corteo" means cortege in Italian, and the story line of the production concerns a clown's fantasy about his funeral. Of course, when such a plot is invested with the Cirque du Soleil approach, something suitably spectacular results. For the music, the producers opted for a pan-European approach, bringing in five composers — Maria Bonzanigo, Jean-François Coté, Daniele Finzi Pasca, Philippe Leduc, and Michel A. Smith — and setting them loose on the whole of European music old and new. The result is a varied score that ranges from klezmer music to tangos, performed on traditional instruments and more contemporary ones, with singing in Italian, Spanish, and French. It may be a pastiche meant to accompany constantly changing visuals, but it is consistently interesting to listen to on its own terms, and like the weather it keeps changing.

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Biography

Formed: Quebec, Canada

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Cirque du Soleil revolutionized the circus arts, transcending the traditional big-top approach of the past to spotlight elaborate sets, lavish costume, and original music. Founded in Quebec in 1984 by Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier, the original group comprised local street performers; shunning animal acts to focus exclusively on human spectacles — stilt-walkers, jugglers, fire-eaters, and the like — the troupe quickly earned a following throughout Canada, eventually spreading across...
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