Scheherazade – Rimsky-Korsakov

Here is the full performance of Scheherazade, a delicate symphonic poem composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. It takes approximately 40 minutes and it’s best to listen to it eyes closed.

Rimsky himself wrote the following explanatory introduction:

“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, told seriatim, 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”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheherazade_(Rimsky-Korsakov)

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