Scheherazade No 1 (tr Hindsley)

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (tr. Mark Hindsley)

Subtitle: The Sea and Sinbad's Ship

General Info

Year: 1888 / 197-?
Duration: c. 9:53
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hindsley Transcriptions
Cost: Score and Parts - $71.00   |   Score Only - $8.00

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Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II
Alto Flute (ad lib)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Scheherazade Op. 35, is a symphonic poem composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1888. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, sometimes known as The Arabian Nights, this orchestral work combines two features typical of Russian music and of Rimsky-Korsakov in particular: dazzling, colorful orchestration and an interest in the East, which figured greatly in the history of Imperial Russia, as well as orientalism in general. It is considered Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular work.

The first movement, The Sea and Sinbad's Ship, is composed of various melodies and contains a general A B C A1 B C1 form. Although each section is highly distinctive, aspects of melodic figures carry through and unite them into a movement. Although similar in form to the classical symphony, the movement is more similar to the variety of motives used in one of Rimsky-Korsakov's previous works Antar. Antar, however, used genuine Arabic melodies as opposed to Rimsky-Korsakov’s own ideas of an oriental flavor.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Rimsky-Korsakov preceded the score of this work by writing the story of how the Sultan Schahriar, convinced of the falseness of women, swore to put to death each one of his wives after the first night. But the Sultana Scheherazade saved her life by interesting him in tales which she told him during one thousand and one nights. His curiosity piqued, the sultan put off his wife's execution from day to day and at last gave up his blood plan entirely.

Rimsky-Korsakov chose to start his musical Thousand and One Nights by telling the story of Sinbad the Sailor's seven voyages, each of which took him from luxury through tragedy and near-destruction, into many a fanciful land of absurd adventure, and back again to wealth and splendor. Here there is no attempt to retell in sound all the stories spun by this Oriental soldier of fortune; but rather caught up in this impression piece is the essence of the ships at sea, thundering waves, "Land ho!" and uninhibited adventure.

- Program Note by Everett Kisinger from Program Notes for Band and Band Music Notes


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: IV
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Rimsky-Korsakov, N.; Hindsley, M. [n.d.] The Sea and Sinbad's ship : Scheherazade no. 1 [score]. Concert Band Transcriptions: Urbana, Ill.
  • Scheherazade. Wikipedia. Accessed 6 August 2023
  • Smith, Norman and Albert Stoutamire (1979). Band Music Notes. Rev. ed. San Diego: Kjos West. p. 194
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 510.