Thursday April 23rd is World Book Day and to celebrate The New Classical FM will be featuring music inspired by the written word! Here are a few highlights, chosen by our Music Director, Paul Thomas.
1. Scheherezade – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Named after the legendary Persian Queen, and storyteller from One Thousand and One Nights, Scheherazade is a great example of music inspired by classic literature. One Thousand and One Nights introduced the world to timeless characters like Sinbad, Aladdin and Ali Baba. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous composition weaves these characters into a symphonic poem. The third movement, The Young Prince and The Young Princess, is always an audience favourite.
2. The Tempest – Jean Sibelius
There is no shortage of classical music inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. Jean Sibelius’ incidental music for The Tempest is far from the most popular of these pieces, but it’s easily one of my favourites. His theme for the character Miranda is absolutely stunning, in a very unsettling and spooky way!
3. Harry Potter: Hedwig’s Theme – John Williams
OK – this one might be considered cheating. Technically this piece was written for the Harry Potter movies, but they would never exist without the original novels about “the boy who lived”! J.K. Rowling’s magical series fostered a love of reading for an entire generation, which is definitely something to celebrate on World Book Day. Plus, this has to be one of John Williams’ finest film scores in recent years. It became an instant hit and we get plenty of requests for it here at The New Classical FM.
You can hear all of these pieces and many other great works inspired by the written word today on The New Classical FM!