Scheherazade Symphonic Suite

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Scheherazade was composed by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. It was inspired by One Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights) and like many good stories, is full of colour, adventure and a bit of romance!

Miro Chakaryan is the concert master of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He takes us through each movement, explaining how Rimsky-Korsakov used the orchestra to depict different characters and create different effects. Miro also gives us an insight into the difficulty that the end of the work poses for violinists.
28 May 2022 English South Africa Music Commentary · Performing Arts

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