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RUSSLAN AND LUDMILLA is a fairy-tale
Opera about a Princess who was wooed by three lovers, and carried off by a magician. The plot follows the adventures of the three rival suitors in search of her.
The Overture, a stirring piece of quick music, is built on themes from the Opera. One of them, that represents the wicked magician, is a descending whole-tone scale. This is one of the first instances of the use of this peculiar scale.
The First Main Tune is given out, after a few bars of Introduction, by the Full Orchestra, with great energy. This is worked up a little, one part ' imitating ' another, and then the broad, swinging Second Main Tune (based on one of Russian's songs) comes en the Bassoons and Lower Strings.
It is just before the Coda, or winding-up section, that we hear the ' whole-tone scale,' blared out by the heaviest bass instruments. , After it, the Overture quickly rattles on to a rollicking conclusion.
T. C. STERNDALE BENNETT at the Piano, in a selection from his own Compositions


C. Sterndale Bennett

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