CONQUERORS OF THE AGES – GENGHIS KHAN (1162 – 1227 A.D.)

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Genghis Khan 1162 – 1227 A.D. (Part 5 of 8)

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CONQUERORS OF THE AGES – GENGHIS KHAN (1162 - 1227 A.D.)

He came to power by uniting many of the
nomadic tribes of northeast Asia.

A melody, Oriental in construction, is intro­duced to portray the Mongol conqueror who succeeded his father as tribal chief at the age of 13.

Following the Chinese gong, a brass and a snare drum cadence depict Genghis Khan’s invasion of China in 1213 and of Korea in 1218. He then embarked on wide conquests to the West, plundering what is now India, Iraq, and Iran; driving the Turks before him. His invasion of Russia is heard in the form of a Russian folk melody in the woodwinds and chorus.

A military genius who left few institutions, Genghis Khan died at the age of 65, succeeded by four sons.

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Listen :

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Composer: Edmond De Luca

London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Reinhard Linz

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