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Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« on: September 24, 2020, 11:14:44 PM »
Hi :) I've been looking for tone poems with either exotic or oriental themes, something similar in sound to Borodin's Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens and his tone poem, In the Steppes of Central Asia. I hope you'll share some of your recommendations with me. Thanks :)

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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2020, 05:29:28 AM »
Definitely Rachmaninoff's early tone poems like "The Rock" and "Prince Rostislav".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhba_tVHH6Y

Seek out the opera suites from Rimsky-Korsakov most of Liadov, or Mussorgsky's orchestral works.  There is a rich tradition of music of this style.

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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2020, 06:16:06 AM »
Balakirev's Tamara, Lyapunov's Hashish, Glière's Shakh Senem come to my mind.

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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2020, 06:20:24 AM »
There is that perennial favourite - Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2020, 07:02:39 AM »
Some good listening options, but widening the associations somewhat, are

- Nielsen, Aladdin Suite //  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylYzX3Mnbzg
- Hovhaness, And God Created Great Whales // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgESUPnCQ5o
- Respighi, Belkis Suite // chandos recording with Geoffrey Simon preferable
- Hovhaness, Symphony (no.9), St. Vartan // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQbOSq0Mdi0
- Villa-Lobos, Uirapuru // many recordings available
- Holmboe, Symphony 1 opus 4  // Hughes
- Arif Melikov, such as Fairy Tale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l637bbPf9us
- Armen Tigranian, Anush, such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smgQoaD58Yg

In general, try exploring for example Hovhaness and Khachaturian.
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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2020, 07:04:15 AM »
I'd suggest music by Fikret Amirov and Kara Karayev.

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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2020, 07:10:30 AM »
Try the Jungle book cycle by Charles Koechlin for something a bit  different.
Struck by the sounds before the sun,
I knew the night had gone.
The morning breeze like a bugle blew
Against the drums of dawn.
(Bob Dylan)

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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2020, 11:21:08 AM »
I'd suggest music by Fikret Amirov and Kara Karayev.
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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2020, 12:42:39 AM »
Try the Jungle book cycle by Charles Koechlin for something a bit  different.

Les heures persanes from the same composer is well worth hearing. I prefer the piano original but there is also an orchestral version. Despite its title it was originally inspired by North Africa.

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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2020, 06:52:43 AM »
Some of the tone poems by Turkish composer Cemal Reşit Rey, e.g. the posthumously discovered 'Türkiye'.
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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2020, 02:31:53 AM »
Exoticism in music...
Since you are only 18 years old, Alina, I hope you are willing to look a bit further than Borodin.

You may know some of these :

Ravel :Shéhérazade for soprano and orchestra + the early (1898) "Ouverture de féérie "Shéhérazade"
Debussy : Pagodes from "Estampes", orchestrations by André Caplet and Percy Grainger
Paul Dukas: La Péri
Henri Rabaud: Maroûf, savetier du Caire/ danses pour orchestre.
Albert Roussel: Evocations ( 3 Indian cities : with soloists and chorus in the last movement).

Further (and on Youtube):
Percy Grainger: ballet The warriors
many South American composers wrote exiting, exotic & exuberant music: Villa Lobos (already mentioned) - Choros nr. 10 for chorus and orchestra is a personal favorite, Alberto Ginastera's Estancia and Panambi,
Silvestre Revueltas Sensemayà and la Noche de los Mayas
Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez: "Reisado do Pastoreio " - the last movement, Batuque is a great dance.
Julian Orbon : Tres versiones symphonicas
Miguel Bernal Jimenez: tres cartas de mexico
Carlos Chavez: symphonia India
In 2004 CHANDOS issued a nice cd with (symphonic) argentinian music. Luis Gianneo, Astor piazzola, Carlos Guastavino and the short but beautiful poem Salmo al Parana by Oscar Giudice.
https://youtu.be/ZeSpvkztOMY
Italo-Brazilian Francisco Mignone: check out the BIS cd with Festa das igrejas, Sinfonia tropical and Maracatu de Chico rei

Leo Smit : Schemselnihar - ballet : https://youtu.be/ZYbuzJWrqMQ
Colin Mac Phee: Tabu Tabuhan : https://youtu.be/UnWHYnIuftU
André Jolivet: Suite Delphique
Yasuhide Ito: Gloriosa for large wind band https://youtu.be/HL0htrubtgc
Yuzo Toyama's 外山雄三 Rhapsody for orchestra: https://youtu.be/t0SGuzfywzw
Kiyoshige Koyama [小山清茂]: "Ubusuna" for Orchestra (1985): https://youtu.be/kYeSdMXrSTk

.....etc;




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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2020, 03:50:44 AM »
Although a ballet rather than a tone poem this might fit the bill:
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2020, 12:31:39 AM »


Behzad RANJBARAN (b. 1955)
The Persian Trilogy (1991-2000)
1. Seven Passages (2000) [13:39]
2. Seemorgh (1991) [22:07]
(The Mountain; The Moonlight; The Sunrise)
3. The Blood of Seyavash (1994) [42:28]
(The Young Prince and Heir; Seduction by Betrayal; Trial by Fire; Tormented Loyalties; Seeds of Envy; Idyllic Love; Prophecy Fulfilled)
London Symphony Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta



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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2020, 12:40:37 AM »


Behzad RANJBARAN (b. 1955)
The Persian Trilogy (1991-2000)
1. Seven Passages (2000) [13:39]
2. Seemorgh (1991) [22:07]
(The Mountain; The Moonlight; The Sunrise)
3. The Blood of Seyavash (1994) [42:28]
(The Young Prince and Heir; Seduction by Betrayal; Trial by Fire; Tormented Loyalties; Seeds of Envy; Idyllic Love; Prophecy Fulfilled)
London Symphony Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta
Looks like an interesting release.

PS it's fun. I discovered a clip on You Tube - a bit 'Star Wars' in places but v enjoyable. CD on my wish list  ::)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3lPTBgOyUc4
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2020, 04:50:07 AM »


Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956)
Symphony No. 3 in B minor Ilya Muromets Op. 42 (1911) [93:02]

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Harold Farberman


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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2020, 05:16:39 AM »


Behzad RANJBARAN (b. 1955)
The Persian Trilogy (1991-2000)
1. Seven Passages (2000) [13:39]
2. Seemorgh (1991) [22:07]
(The Mountain; The Moonlight; The Sunrise)
3. The Blood of Seyavash (1994) [42:28]
(The Young Prince and Heir; Seduction by Betrayal; Trial by Fire; Tormented Loyalties; Seeds of Envy; Idyllic Love; Prophecy Fulfilled)
London Symphony Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta

Excellent disc in excellent performances perfectly captured.  Highly recommended.

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« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2020, 05:40:39 AM »


Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956)
Symphony No. 3 in B minor Ilya Muromets Op. 42 (1911) [93:02]

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Harold Farberman
Excellent choice!

I hope that Alina gets to see the recommendations.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2020, 03:20:23 PM »
Excellent choice!

I hope that Alina gets to see the recommendations.

LOL!  Yikes I just realized it was this posters first and only post.  Hope we didn't overwhelm.  ???

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« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2020, 04:54:16 PM »
Charles Ives: The Fourth of July!  Exotica Americana!    $:)

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Alexander Tcherepnin: Symphony #3, "Chinese"


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Julian Carrillo: Preludio Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus Prelude)


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Re: Tone Poem Recommendations, with Exotic Sound
« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2020, 09:15:49 PM »
LOL!  Yikes I just realized it was this posters first and only post.  Hope we didn't overwhelm.  ???

+1  :)

At least I got to discover Ranjbaran thanks to this thread!
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).