'Scheherazade,' 1001 Nights Retold in a Symphony

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The Sultan Forgives Scheherazade by Arthur Boyd Houghton (1836-1875). (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Sultan Forgives Scheherazade by Arthur Boyd Houghton (1836-1875). (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Bedtime stories took on a new meaning for Scheherazade. Her husband, the Sultan, had the nasty habit of marrying a woman at night and killing her in the morning.

So Scheherazade thought up a plan. Every night she would tell him a story, and leave it hanging. 1001 captivating stories later, he decided to keep her.

These Tales of the Arabian Nights inspired Russian composer Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov to compose a symphonic suite called Scheherazade in 1888. In the hands of a good orchestra and conductor, it's a technicolor tour de force.

Conductor Marin Alsop says a successful performance of Scheherazade is all about telling the story.

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