Dance of the Tumblers (arr Vosbein)

From Wind Repertory Project
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Terry Vosbein)

General Info

Year: 1882 / 1991
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


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

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Georgia: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Maryland: V
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: V


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Rimsky-Korsakov, N.; Vosbein, T. (1991). Dance of the Tumblers [score]. Neil A. Kjos Music Co.: San Diego, Calif.
  • The Snow Maiden, Wikipedia Accessed 7 October 2019