One will not believe if told that there is music created for the purpose of gambling. Even as a companion for gamblers during gambling. Let’s take a look at four well-known works of classical music that were influenced by gambling. Some of them will certainly look familiar to you:
The opera “The Player” by Sergei Prokofiev – This opera is divided into four acts with classical music for players. The theme of the opera was set in 1914 and its history was written between November 1915 and April 1916. It was finally premiered in 1929.
The content is about the well-known winning and losing in games of chance, mixed with a story about great love.
The opera “Queen of Spades” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – This opera, which is divided into three acts, was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and was created from an operatic text by his brother Modest Tchaikovsky. It was premiered in 1890. The main character sings in all seven scenes of the secret of winning every card game. This story is also about love and the recurring bad luck in gambling.
The ballet piece “The Card Game” by Stravinsky – The Russian ballet piece “The Card Game” is about the main cards of a poker game like Jack, Queen and Ace. The scenes here have been renamed to “Deals” and end when the “fraudulent” joker by one “Natural” royal flush is defeated. Stravinsky himself was not a poker player, however, in contrast to other of his contemporaries, which we looked at in “The 7 greatest gamers in the history books”.
“Casino Paradise” by William Bolcom – Finally, of course, the Casino Paradise by William Bolcom must be mentioned here. It is a musical theatre composed by Bolcom, which revolves around different types of gambling.