1001 Nights & Other Short Stories
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The sultan faced a dilemma. He dared not fall in love again, yet he hated to be alone. His solution: take a new bride each night—and execute her at dawn! Into the fray runs Shahrazad, heroine of ‘The Arabian Nights.’ Her gift for spinning tales faces the ultimate test as she must enchant the sultan to save lives, including her own.
This retelling of the classic tale, adapted as ‘Nights: The Radio Play’ broadcast on ICRT, brings Shahrazad’s legend to modern readers. Along the way it illuminates the dazzling orchestral showpiece by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov that the tale inspired. Ideally suited to oral storytelling, this new expended edition offers the story in both its original version and in a dialogue version for four readers.
Also included in this volume: ‘Five Vignettes’, a series of scenes that trace a journey from Florida’s Space Coast in the heyday of Apollo moon mission through adventures in orchestra music to the Taiwan Sunflower rallies of 2014; two poems, 'Juilliardy' and 'Beachfront Psalm'; and 'The Blacksnake', an action screenplay by A T Beaune.
‘An engrossing retelling of this familiar backstory of ‘The Arabian Nights’, entirely suitable as preparation for listening to Rimsky-Korsakov’s celebrated orchestral tone-poem ‘Scheherazade’ (an alternative spelling of the protagonist’s name).’
– David Daniels, author of ‘Orchestral Music’