CONQUERORS OF THE AGES – THE CAESARS (NERO TO 4TH CENTURY A.D.)

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  The Caesars: Nero to 4th Century A.D. (Part 3 of 8)

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CONQUERORS OF THE AGES - THE CAESARS (NERO TO 4TH CENTURY A.D.)

The title “Caesar” derives from the cognomen of Julius Caesar, the Roman dictator

A harp solo portrays the years of Roman law, letters and architectural achievement that preceded the erotic gluttony of the period in which Nero was made Emperor (55 A.D.)

The solo violin paints a sound picture of the sumptuous feasts and orgies amidst treasures from all of the Empire. The timpani entrance creates a sound picture heralding the return of the victorious Roman legions to a trumpet fanfare. The returning procession passes through the walls of the city as the populace chants its approval of the spoils of war and the many slaves in chains. The strings, in a melancholy melody, proceed to describe the lament of the Christians in their persecution during the Circus Maximus.

Triangle and tambourine introduce a new melody as an oboe solo depicts conquests to the Hast as Rome further established her Byzantine Empire. The tempo accelerates in the “Ages” theme as Teutonic hordes from the North end the glory of Rome. The low brass and string basses represent the fall of the Empire in final crescendo.

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Listen :

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Composer: Edmond De Luca

London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Reinhard Linz

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