Procession of the Nobles

From Wind Repertory Project
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Erik Leidzén; ed. Ragsdale)

Subtitle: 'Cortege' from the Opera Mlada

General Info

Year: 1870 / 1938 / 1999
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
B-flat Fanfare Trumpet I-II-III-IV (optional)
B-flat Flugelhorn I-II-III (optional)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV (including optional Mellophones)
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombones I-II
String Bass

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum/s
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Glockenspiel


First edition parts (1938):

  • Flute III and C Piccolo, 4 meas. before reh. 6, beat 1: F should read E-flat

Ragsdale edition parts (1999):

  • Timpani, m.33, beat 3: Add B-flat quarter note with accent (score also)

Program Notes

During the season of 1869-1870, the director of the Imperial Theater in St, Petersburg conceived the idea of staging an elaborate opera ballet based on a subject from Slavic mythology, For this work, to be known as Mlada, he commissioned music from the Russian school of composition. The project was never realized, however, and most of the music which the composers had written found its way into other of their works. Not until 20 years later did Rimsky-Korsakov decide to use the subject for an opera ballet of his own. His Mlada was begun in 1889, and produced at the Marinsky Theater in 1892.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Arranged for the Goldman Band.

- Program Note by score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Arkansas: IV
  • Florida: V
  • Iowa: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Minnesota: I
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • New York: Concert Band V
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V
  • Wisconsin: Class A


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  • Watsonville (Calif.) Community Band (Brad Gronroos, conductor) – 8 June 2018 (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)
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