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Looking for stuff similar to Rimsky-Korsakov's "Hindu song" from the opera "Sadko"

Hello !

Does anyone know of anything like The Hindu Guest in Sadko by Rimsky-Korsakov?
I also really like Sheherazade.

So, I suppose I'm lookgin for classical music with oriental influences.

Any ideas? thanks :)
 

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Carl Nielsen's Aladdin Suite is full of this sort of good old, 'naive' exoticism. The Marketplace movement has different kinds of music playing at once, which is a pretty modern touch, and nicely evocative of a bustling place where different cultures meet. (See the video's information for movement titles etc)


If you enjoy those Rimsky-Korsakov works, you'll probably enjoy Borodin's "From the steppes of Central Asia". It paints the picture of a Russian caravan (symbolized by a Russian melody) meeting an Oriental caravan (symbolized by an 'oriental' melody). It's not as heavy on the orientalism as something like Scheherazade (which is a much longer work anyway), but it's a beautiful piece of music.
 

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Glazunov should have works like Hindu song. I can't remember right now; And Ippolitov Ivanov, like Turkish Fragments, Op. 62 (first two movemensts), plus Khachaturian's Dance of the girls.
 

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The Russians seemed to be good at this, didn't they? There is also Balakirev's Islamey - the original is for solo piano but the orchestrated version sounds more 'exotic'. Then there are the 'danse arabe' and the 'danse chinoise' from the Nutcracker.
 

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I would advise seeking out the music of these composers:

Arensky
Borodin
Grechaninov
Ippolitov-Ivanov (his Caucasian Sketches are in the vein of Rimsky's Sheherazade)
Kallinnikov
Lyadov
Lyapunov
Stravinsky (very early works)
Taneyev
 

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A few more; at least the first 4 are highly recommended:

Szymanowski: Roxana´s Song from "King Roger":

Roussel: Evocations

Tcherepnin: Piano Cto no.4

Respighi: Belkis Suite

Hovhaness: Vishnu Symphony (one of his most interesting works, but experimental):

Glazunov: Orientale for String Quartet

Maurice Delage: 4 Poemes Hindous

Glazunov: Oriental Rhapsody

Hovhaness: Piano Concerto

Aaron Avshalomov: Piano Concerto

Also:

Hovhaness: St.Vartan Symphony;
Ludolf Nielsen: Lakschmi Suite;
Ravel: Sheherazade
 

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  • Also, check out Hovhaness, Lou Harrison, and Henry Cowell's Ongaku.

 
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Alexander Serov's Opera "Judith"
Indian (Hindu) Song (act IV).
 
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Yay, another Rimsky-Korsakov fan!

I would suggest:

Piano Concerto No. 1 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

In the Steppes of Central Asia - Alexander Borodin

and if you haven't heard it yet, somehow:
Polovtsian Dances - Alexander Borodin
 
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