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Scheherezade Op 35 4th movement - Festival at Bagdad 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 full programme title originally given by the composer is as follows:- Festival at Bagdad. The Sea. The Ship Breaks against a Cliff Surmounted by a Bronze Horseman. The tempo markings are respectively:- Allegro molto; Vivo; Allegro non troppo; maestoso. The music starts with extensive quotations of the work's leitmotivs, representing the grim Caliph, and the enchanting Sultana. The 2nd theme on flutes introduces a lighter, more festive atmosphere.
Category: Suite Orchestra Romantic Period
Time Signature 6 /8 Key Signature   G Major Play MP3 using player below.

1    Scheherezade Op 35 4th Movt - Festival at Bagdad, Intro - The Sultan again.

2    The 2nd theme on flutes introduces a lighter, more festive atmosphere.
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