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On the Steppes of Central Asia Borodin Help Opus Details
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Borodin, along with his other Russian contemporary composers, was fascinated by the orient. In this tone poem, he uses the English Horns (sometimes called the oboe d'amore, it is an alto oboe) with haunting effect to portray the mysterious atmosphere of the exotic Eastern regions of Central Asia.

The atmosphere is set by the first violins playing a very high E pianissimo, followed by the flutes and the oboes. Then the clarinet comes in with the first theme, followed shortly by the French horns playing the same tune. After an interlude in which an expectant background is set by some pizzicato cellos, the mysterious second theme appears on the English Horn. The rest of the tone poem develops these four elements (background sustained notes, pizzicato cellos, and the two themes), with effective use of orchestral colours and dynamics.
Category: Tone Poem Orchestra Featuring Clarinet Romantic Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   C Major also featuring EnglishHorn, Pizzicato Strings Play MP3 using player below.

1    First theme, in its first entrance by the clarinets. (On the Steppes of Central Asia)

2    Second theme, on the English horn.
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