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Capriccio Espagnol (arr Winterbottom)

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Frank Winterbottom)


General Info

Year: 1887 / 1923
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Studio Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $68.00   |   Score Only (print) - $11.95

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Movements

1. Alborada
2. Variazoni
3. Alborada
4. Scena e Canto Gitano
5. Fandango Asturiano


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone and Baritone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet
F Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Castanets
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34, is the common Western title for a five movement orchestral suite, based on Spanish folk melodies, composed by the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1887. Rimsky-Korsakov originally intended to write the work for a solo violin with orchestra, but later decided that a purely orchestral work would do better justice to the lively melodies.

The work has five movements, divided into two parts comprising the first three and the latter two movements respectively. The first movement, Alborada, is a festive and exciting dance, typically from traditional Asturian music to celebrate the rising of the sun. It features the clarinet with two solos, and later features a solo violin with a solo similar to the clarinet's. The second movement, Variazioni, begins with a melody in the horn section. Variations of this melody are then repeated by other instruments and sections of the orchestra.

The third movement, Alborada, presents the same Asturian dance as the first movement. The two movements are nearly identical, in fact, except that this movement has a different instrumentation and key. The fourth movement, Scena e canto gitano (Scene and Gypsy Song) opens with five cadenzas — first by the horns and trumpets, then solo violin, flute, clarinet, and harp — played over rolls on various percussion instruments. It is then followed by a dance in triple time leading attacca into the final movement.

The fifth and final movement, Fandango Asturiano, is also an energetic dance from the Asturias region of northern Spain. The piece ends with an even more rousing statement of the Alborada theme. A complete performance of the Capriccio takes around 16 minutes.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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