What if your life depended on your being able to tell one incredible story after another for a thousand and one nights? That was the predicament that Scheherazade found herself in and the stories she told to the Tsar became known as the 1001 Nights or The Arabian Nights. That folk-talk inspired Rimsky-Korsakov, a Russian composer of the late 19th c. to write Scheherazade, an orchestral work, written loosely in four sections described as: I The Sea- Sinbad’s Ship, II The Kalendar Prince, III The Young Prince and Princess, IV Festival at Baghdad.
This particular version of Scheherazade has been arranged and performed by Alvin Moisey. As you listen what images do you see? What stories does the music tell?