Sunday, April 21, 2013


 SCHEHERAZADE speaks. . . .  It is a tale of marvels, to beguile her lord.  She tells of Sinbad and the magic isles . . . horses with brazen feet, and men of steel . . . sultans and princesses, houris and turbaned slaves.  Color, warmth, rhythm, the very perfumes of the Orient breathe in her artful words.
                From that ancient collection of tales known as the Arabian Nights, Rimsky-Korsakoff drew inspiration for some of the most vivid and exotic music ever written.  His Scheherazade Suite is a marvelous arabesque of orchestral color, brilliantly imaginative, technically fine.  Three generations of music-lovers have delighted in it.  It should be in every musical library.
                The Scheherazade Suite has been recorded by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.  It is available in a special album, with an explanatory booklet.  In it, Victor’s Orthophonic process has preserved both the full splendor of the music itself and the subtlety and vigor of its interpretation.
                The nearest Victor dealer will gladly play you the Scheherazade Suite, or any of the beautiful new Victor recordings, by the foremost artists and orchestras. . . .  Write today for the free illustrated booklet, “A Musical Galaxy,” with foreword by Leopold Stokowski—a commentary upon six of the greatest moments in music.             Victor Talking Machine Company, Camden, N.J., U.S.A.
 Enjoy The Moscow Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade (Arthur Arnold conducting - Elena Semenova, Violin) (5 parts):



  1. Love that illustration! While I was listening to some of the music, I looked up "orthophonic" on Wikipedia just for kicks and was surprised to actually find a pretty interesting article there:
    Your devoted sister,

  2. What a colorful illustration, and such fabulous music. I so enjoy getting to listen to all the songs talked about in the articles you share. And the Orthophonic looks like a very interesting machine. :)

  3. Thank you for your kind words Harmonica and Charlotte and thank you for the link to Orthophonic -- I'm linking it right now...