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Linfield v. Ballymena
An eye-witness account by J. F. Duffield


Unknown: J. F. Duffield


Conductor, William Yeates


Conductor: William Yeates


(in co-operation with the City of Belfast Corporation)
Luigi Fort (tenor)
- The BBC Northern Ireland
Orchestra (Augmented)
Leader, Philip Whiteway
Conductor, B. Walton O'Donnell from the Ulster Hall, Belfast
The subject of Rimsky-Korsakov's Symphonic Suite ' Scheherazade ' is from the Arabian Nights, and the score is prefaced with the following note: ' The Sultan Schahriar , convinced of the infidelity of the whole race of women, has sworn to send each of his wives to death after only one bridal night. But Scheherazade saves her life by interesting him in tales which she recounts one after another for one thousand and one nights. Impelled by curiosity, the Sultan puts off from day to day the fate of the lady, and ends, as all the world knows, by renouncing his blood-thirsty intention '. Rimsky-Korsakov had the idea of reproducing the general atmosphere of these tales in a fantastic Oriental suite for orchestra. But at the same time he had no intention of trying to tell any of the stories in music. He simply wished the listener to have the impression that the music is concerned with an Oriental tale, describing a motley succession of fantastic happenings, and does not consist merely of four pieces played one after the other and based on the same musical themes.


Leader: Philip Whiteway
Conductor: B. Walton O'Donnell
Unknown: Sultan Schahriar


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