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Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

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Aram Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian (arr. Jacco Nefs)

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Subtitle: From Spartacus

General Info

Year: 1954
Duration: c. 7:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Jacco Nefs
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Spartacus is a ballet by Aram Khachaturian (1903–1978). The work follows the exploits of Spartacus, the leader of the slave uprising against the Romans known as the Third Servile War, although the ballet's storyline takes considerable liberties with the historical record. Khachaturian composed Spartacus in 1954, and was awarded a Lenin Prize for the composition that same year.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia -- famously used as the theme tune for the nautical 1970s TV series The Onedin Line -- has become one of the most well-liked pieces of classical music ever written. As well as its seafaring associations, the Adagio has been featured in films, figure-skating routines, gymnastics, and even became the hit Andy Williams song, Journey’s End. Certainly this particular piece could hardly be described as anti-popular! Two extended renditions of its gloriously expansive main theme frame a more agitated central section.

- Program Note by Anthony Bateman for the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble concert program, 25 October 2019

Commercial Discography

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  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (Dennis Llinás, conductor) – 25 October 2019

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