Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Russian Honoring Easter With Music

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer in the Romantic era who was skilled in orchestration for his many suites and operas.  Rimsky-Korsakov is most well known for three of his many great pieces: his symphonic suite Scheherazade, his Spanish suite Cappricio Espanol, and his concert overture - Russian Easter Festival Overture.

Although Rimsky-Korsakov was not a believer, he composed this beautiful concert overture for the most  sacred Christian holiday- Easter.

The melodies of the overture are taken from the Russian Orthodox Christian Liturgy.  One professor describes the piece as a narrative story of a Russian Easter day from dawn until dusk.

On this Easter weekend, observed by Christians throughout the world, Tales thought this overture by Rimsky-Korsakov is appropriate for this classical music weekend on the Tales.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy.

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture:

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