Dance of the Tumblers

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. James Curnow)

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Subtitle: From 'The Snow Maiden'

General Info

Year: 1882 / 2012
Duration: c. 1:45
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $40.00  |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Mallet Percussion
Percussion I-II

(Percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dance of the Tumblers is a musical excerpt from Act III of the opera Snow Maiden, written by one of the great Russian composers, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. He was a member of the “Russian Five” (along with Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Cui and Borodin), who were a group of composers that brought forth the Russian school of composition during the mid- to late 1800s.

Snow Maiden was composed in 1880-81, and was first performed in January of 1882 at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. The plot of the opera explores the opposition of forces of nature, using mythological characters to depict eternal struggles, such as the cold frost of winter versus the warmth of spring. Dance of the Tumblers creates a light and uplifting mood, accompanying clowns and acrobats in the story line.

- Program note by Abigail Gregory for the Marcus High School Wind Symphony concert program 22 December 2012

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Old Rochester Regional Junior High School (Mattapoisett, Mass.) Seventh Grade Band (Richard Laprise, conductor) – 18 December 2019
  • Racine (Wisc.) Concert Band (Mark Eichner, conductor) – 16 October 2018
  • North Shore Summer Music Experience, Duluth, Minnesota (Nolan Hauta, guest conductor) - 28 June 2014
  • Marcus High School (Tx.) Wind Symphony (Bill Watson, conductor) – 22 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)

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