(Born at Tikhvin, in the government of Novgorod, March
18, 1844; died at St. Petersburg, June 21, 1908)
"THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT"),
i. The Sea and Sindbad's Ship ii. The Story of the Kalandar Prince iii. The Young Prince and the Young Princess iv. Festival at Baghdad. The Sea. The Ship Goes to Pieces against a Rock Surmounted by a Bronze Warrior. Conclusion
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV wrote an argument for his score. The music is in illustration of Sindbad the Sailor, the storm at sea, the shipwreck, the tale of one of the three Kalandars, a tale of a prince and a princess. The argument is not wholly clear, and probably this was the composer's intention. What prince and what princess? There are so many in The Thousand Nights and a Night. Who will be so rash as to name the one of the three Kalandars? In the last movement there is a festival at Baghdad, and lo, suddenly Sindbad's ship sails to its fate.
In the ballet all this music is wedded to the story that is the prelude to the wondrous tales: the story of the two rulers, their wanton wives, and the resolve of one of the Kings to kill a