Minka's Sleigh Ride

From Wind Repertory Project
Pierre LaPlante

Pierre La Plante

Subtitle: On Old Russian Songs

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn, available through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
String Bass
Timpani (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Don your hat and scarf for this wintry medley. Two Ukrainian folk tunes, Minka and The Birch Tree, are combined with sleigh bells, tambourines and wood blocks to create the setting of a snowy Russian sleigh ride.

- Program Note from publisher

Minka is an old Ukrainian/Cossack folk song that has survived the test and time and even found favor with classical composers the likes of Weber, Hummel and Beethoven.

Beethoven arranged many folk songs for voice, including Schöne Minka, as it is often referred to, and wrote a set of variations flute or violin and piano (Opus 197, No. 7).

Freely translated, a few lines of Schöne Minka reads:

Lovely Minka, I must leave.
Oh, don't you feel the anguish…

On the mountains, in the groves

I call for you…

This setting also includes a quote from another Russian folk song, The Birch Tree, used by Tchaikovsky in his Fourth Symphony.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: II


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