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Scheherezade Op 35 3rd movement - The Young Prince and Princess 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.The Sultan Schariar, convinced that all women are false and faithless, vowed to put to death each of his wives after the first nuptial night. But the Sultana Scheherazade saved her life by entertaining her lord with fascinating tales, one every night for a thousand and one nights. The Sultan, consumed with curiosity, postponed from day to day the execution of his wife, and finally repudiated his bloody vow entirely.

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.

This 3rd movement, called The Young Prince and Princess has a sinuous and beguiling violin solo, which is one of the most memorable tunes in the whole work. Possibly this is the Princess's theme. Then the 2nd theme on clarinet is a little livelier, perhaps this is the theme of the Young Prince.
Category: Suite Orchestra Romantic Period
Time Signature 6 /8 Key Signature   G Major Play MP3 using player below.

1    The Young Prince and Princess - 1st theme, possibly representing the princess.

2    The 2nd theme on clarinet is a little livelier, perhaps this is the theme of the Young Prince.
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