Scheherezade and Gypsy Dances

By Antonio Cabrero

Rimsky Korsakoff, Oriental Fantasy and the captivating suite of Joaquin Turina take the stage at Teatro Angela Peralta. Nicolai Rimsky Korsakoff was a Nationalist Russian composer who was more interested in the oriental, exotic side of Russia than in the European style of music cultivated by Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky before him.

Sat, Oct 11, 6pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
Tickets available at Teatro Angela Peralta 152-2200; Biblioteca gift shop; La Conexión on Aldama
350/250/150 pesos

His extensive travels as a navy officer took him to remote exotic lands with sounds and legends he could no longer resist; therefore, composing music to the Scheherazade story came naturally and established new possibilities for other Russian composers to follow, including Igor Stravinsky later on with the Firebird legend.

Joaquin Turina was one of the Spanish composers who emigrated to Paris, where he received not only top training under Vincent D`Indy but also the great influence of friends, such as Debussy, Ravel, and De Falla.

Preceded by Granados and Albeniz, more conservative and elegant Spanish composers, Turina in the same manner as Rimsky Korsakoff looks back to ancient Spanish folklore and its gypsy roots more than to the Austro-German classical music tradition.

Both composers in this program are therefore under the perspective of time defined as “Nationalist,” a term used afterwards to define those who searched in their countries’ folklore for the inspiration for their music. Tickets available at Teatro Ángela Peralta, the Biblioteca and La Conexion.


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