Sunday, November 22, 2020

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Epic Tone Poem, Scheherazade

 Repeat post from the week of Thanksgiving three years ago:
Three years ago, just after Thanksgiving, the Houston Symphony Orchestra had a great concert in Jones Hall that featured the Russian Romantic composer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's captivating tone poem masterpiece, "Scheherazade", led by HSO's great conductor, Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov [1844-1908]
From the Houston Symphony Orchestra web page: "This Thanksgiving, AndrĂ©s conducts Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Inspired by 1001 Nights, this sumptuously orchestrated tone poem takes listeners along on the voyages of Sinbad and ends with an electrifying festival at Baghdad."
From Britannica Scheherazade: "Scheherazade, also spelled Sheherazade, orchestral suite by Russian composer Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov that was inspired by the collection of largely Middle Eastern and Indian tales known as The Thousand and One Nights (or The Arabian Nights). Exemplary of the late 19th-century taste for program music—or, music with a story to tell—the piece evokes an image of Scheherazade (Shahrazad), the young wife of the sultan Schahriar (Shahryar), telling tales to her husband to forestall his plan to kill her. Colourful and highly varied in mood, the work has a recurring violin solo that represents Scheherazade herself and a deep, ponderous theme that corresponds to the sultan.  The composition was completed in 1888, and it premiered on November 3 of that year, in Saint Petersburg, with the composer himself conducting."
Scheherazade is a symphonic suite in 4 [program] movements: 1. The Sea and Sinbad's ship, 2.The Kalandar Prince, 3. The Young Prince and Young Princess, and 4. Festival at Baghdad.

Please turn up the volume, play in full screen, and enjoy this epic tone poem, Scheherazade.
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade:

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