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Kismet

A Musical Arabian Night

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There are no known writers who contributed to revisions, etc. following the original production.
Genre: Musical Play

Score

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Original score

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Studio Cast Recordings

Recordings listed here were done in the studio specifically to release as recordings. They do not represent cast recordings of a particular production.

  • Studio Cast (1960)
    Bryan Johnson (i) , Rosalind Page , Ross Gilmour , Eula Parker , Michael Sammes
  • Studio Cast (1963)
    Robert Merrill , Adele Leigh , Kenneth McKellar , Ian Wallace , Regina Resnik
  • Studio Cast (1989)
    Valerie Masterson , Donald Maxwell , David Rendall , Richard Van Allan , Rosemary Ashe
  • Studio Cast (8888)
    Eartha Kitt , Johnny Mathis , Sarah Vaughan , Lena Horne , Della Reese

Demos & Pre-Production Recordings

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Later Contributors

There are no known writers who contributed to revisions, etc. following the original production.
Genre: Musical Play

Source

Based on the 1911 play by Edward Knoblock

Synopsis

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Trivia & History

The following Borodin music was used:

  • In the Steppes of Central Asia ("Sands of Time")
  • Symphony No. 2, Movement 1 ("Fate")
  • "Polovtsian Dances" from Prince Igor ("Bazaar of Caravans," "Stranger in Paradise," "He's in Love," "Samaris' Dance")
  • String Quartet No. 2, Movement 2 ("Baubles, Bangles and Beads"), Movement 3 ("And This Is My Beloved")
  • String Quartet No. 1, Movement 4 ("Was I Wazir?")
  • Symphony No. 1, Movement 4 ("Gesticulate")
  • "Serenade" from the Petite Suite ("Night of My Nights")
  • Act III trio from Prince Igor ("The Olive Tree")
  • Aria of Vladimir Galitsky from Prince Igor ("Zubbediya")

The music for "Rhahadlakum" was not taken from Borodin. It was borrowed from a song title "I'm Going Moroccan for Johnny," which Wright and Forrest had written for a nightclub act. Several of the Borodin-derived numbers use only a melodic cell from the source music, upon which Wright and Forrest greatly expanded, while others stick more closely to the source music.

 

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