July 3, 2019


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Inspired by Russia’s 19th century conquest of Caucasian territories, Russian composer Mily Balakirev wrote a piano fantasy using musical themes from the Caucasus. Later, Italian Alfredo Casella decided that Balakirev’s challenging piano score was ripe for orchestral treatment, so he arranged it for orchestra. What is the title of this dazzling and colorful piece by Balakirev?