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Music In The Making: Let’s Take A Journey

Featuring an epic story-telling adventure by Rimsky-Korsakov!


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On this week's episode of Music in the Making, we’re listening to the musical telling of an epic story in a far off land…but first, some drinking songs as we ring in the New Year!

Carl Orff – Carmina Burana: In taberna qunado sumus (1935)
Moores School Symphony Orchestra and Moores School Choirs; Franz Anton Krager, conductor
Moores Opera House

Tonight’s program begins with a fun drinking song from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. This particular song, titled “When we are in the tavern,” is much more than the casual bar tune. The lyrics make the point that when you’re in the tavern, everyone is equal and we’re all in this life together for better or worse. So drink up!

Scheherazade and Sultan Schariar.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade (1888)
Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra; Larry Rachleff, conductor
Stude Concert Hall

To finish tonight’s program, we’ll listen to a great work of classical music that was inspired by an even greater work of storytelling. Many know of the famous tale One Thousand and One Nights, otherwise known as Arabian Nights, which tells the story of the cunning Scheherazade. In this tale, Sultan Schariar has recently found his wife to be unfaithful. Since he now believes all women to be evil and sinister, the Sultan marries a different woman each night and has her executed the next morning. One day, the young Scheherazade volunteers herself to be his next bride. In order to save herself from inevitable execution the next day, Scheherazade ends each night by telling the Sultan a different tale with a “cliff-hanger” ending, causing him to spare her life for one more night. This continues for one thousand and one nights, until the Sultan finally pardons her. These stories have been set to music many times, but by far the most famous and popular example is this work by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

This episode originally aired Sunday, December 27th, 2015. Catch Music in the Making every Sunday at 7:06 PM on Classical 91.7.