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Scheherezade Op 35 2nd movement - The Story of the Kalander Prince Rimsky-Korsakov Help Opus Details
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Scheherazade was a princess in the Tales of Arabian Nights, who told endless stories to the Caliph in order to delay her execution. Rimsky-Korsakoff, like many of his Russian contemporary composers, had an enormous attraction to the islamic culture of neighbouring countries, as an inspiration to write orientalist exotic music with very lush orchestrations. The different episodes conjure up different moods and pictures. However, Rimsky-Korsakov did not intend the pieces to tell specific stories.

The Story of the Kalander Prince opens with the high and flighty solo violin tune which also started the 1st movement. Perhaps this represents Scheherazade herself, who is telling the stories? Then the first main theme emerges on the high register of the bassoon, giving a very exotic oriental effect. The 2nd theme is a variant of the first, played by the oboes. The 3rd theme is a strident and dramatic outburst on the trombones, followed by a faster but more subdued echo on the trumpets, in a very distant key.
Category: Suite Orchestra Romantic Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   B Minor Play MP3 using player below.

1    The Story of the Kalander Prince opens with Sheherezade's soaring violin theme.

2    The first main theme emerges on the high register of the bassoon, giving a very exotic 'oriental' effect.

3    The 2nd theme is a variant of the first, played by the oboes.

4    The 3rd theme is a strident and dramatic outburst on the trombones, followed by a faster but more subdued echo on the trumpets, in a very distant key.
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