CONQUERORS OF THE AGES – ATILLA THE HUN (406? – 452 A.D.)

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Atilla the Hun 406? – 452 A.D. (Part 5 of 8)

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CONQUERORS OF THE AGES – ATILLA THE HUN (406? – 452 A.D.)

Attila, Scourge of God

Percussive effects portray the barbarous hordes of the “Scourge of God” as they sweep over central Europe. Riding on. Atilla ex­tracts huge tribute from Theodosius II, Emperor of the East. Sweeping into the Balkans, causing great destruction, he is refused tribute by Marcian (450 A.D.). A decrescendo depicts his retreat after one of the decisive battles of history as he was defeated at Chalons-sur-Marne (June, 451 A.D.). As the percussion and strings resume, Atilla rallies forces behind the Rhine and moves back to invade northern Italy and devas­tate Aquileia. Pope Leo I persuaded him to recross the Alps. Snare drums and timpani illustrate Atilla’s sudden death on the eve of a new invasion of Italy. All Europe rejoices as the “Ages” theme is repeated.

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Composer: Edmond De Luca

London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Reinhard Linz

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