Dmitri Schostakowitsch: The Golden Age

Dmitri Schostakowitsch The Golden Age
The Golden Age

Dmitri Schostakowitsch: The Golden Age

op. 22
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for orchestra
Dmitri Schostakowitsch
2 2 3 2 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(5), harm, sop.sax, bar, str
Instrumentation details:
2 2 3 soprano sax. 2 - 4 3 3 1 baritone - timp., perc.(4), xyl. - harm. - str.
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The Golden Age

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Work introduction

Karol Szymanowski’s opera King Roger may be set in the early Middle Ages and make use of the historic figure of the Norman king Roger II, who ruled Sicily during the 12th century, but the material is really about the legend of Dionysus – the heathen cult of freedom, beauty and sensual pleasures in conflict with the existing, Christian order – which was omnipresent in fin de siècle art. In 1914 Szymanowski undertook a journey to Italy, Sicily and North Africa, a journey that was to play a crucial role in his artistic development. His works exude the multi-layered impressions of this journey, which ended in Paris, by then dominated by impressionism.

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