Article http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2024.06.040

Pitch Organization Analysis of the Symphony “Antar”


Wenlong Zhang, Xiaolin Wang*

Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong, China.

*Corresponding author: Xiaolin Wang

Published: July 5,2024


Rimsky-Korsakov composed his second symphony, "Antar," in 1868. This work is the first multi-movement programmatic symphony in Russian music. The article analyzes the original 1868 version of "Antar" within the context of Rimsky-Korsakov's career and the influences that shaped his style. It demonstrates that "Antar" is both a culmination of Rimsky-Korsakov's apprenticeship in Balakirev's circle and a precursor to his mature compositional theories. Rimsky-Korsakov, a key member of "The Mighty Handful," is renowned among the world's great composers for his vivid orchestration and imaginative oriental themes. His musical works emphasize a seamless integration with literature and visual arts, reflecting a strong sense of programmatic narrative and pictorial elements. He often combined Western forms with folk music material, using diverse compositional techniques to develop his works and express musical drama. He incorporated rich colors and sounds, as well as a variety of musical textures, to convey genuine emotion. His music exhibits a strong Russian national character and oriental flair, particularly evident in his symphonic works that frequently portray folk legends from everyday life.


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How to cite this paper

Pitch Organization Analysis of the Symphony “Antar”

How to cite this paper: Wenlong Zhang, Xiaolin Wang. (2024) Pitch Organization Analysis of the Symphony “Antar”. Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science8(6), 1531-1535.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2024.06.040