Arabian Nights (1706)
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Great classical music inspired by books
3. Arabian Nights (1706)
'One Thousand and One Nights' is a collection of folk tales compiled in Arabic, collected over many centuries across Africa. Despite detailing stories from Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore, all the stories feature the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade - a figure who inspired Rimsky-Korsakov's popular symphonic poem of the same title, composed in 1888.