concert nr 39 / SCHEHEREZADE in the SAND

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hour 11:00 (50 minutes)
day 29.09 Sunday

music category Family age 6+


Sinfonia Varsovia
Aleksandar Marković conductor
Katerina Barsukova sand animation
Michał Niżyński host



Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade


A symphonic proposal for whole families, including children aged 6 and older. On Sunday, Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Aleksander Marković will take its listeners on a voyage to the Arabic countries. We will hear Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous Scheherazade, enhanced by visual animations with sand made by Katerina Barsukova.

When working on Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov initially was not inclined to dress the work up in specific extra-musical content. He only wanted it to be oriental in character. After consulting his friends, however, he decided to associate the composition with the One Thousand and One Nights. The resultant symphonic suite achieved extraordinary success. It was even adapted into a ballet. There are two main, melodically contrasting motifs in the work – Scheherazade’s motif – fleeting and graceful – is played by a solo violin. The Sultan’s motif is heavy, in the low register, and is played by the whole orchestra. The performance will be accompanied by live illustrations made in sand, so the story of Scheherazade will not only be told in sounds, but also using fleeting animation in the sand.

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