Scheherazade No 2 (tr Hindsley)

From Wind Repertory Project
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (tr. Mark Hindsley)

Subtitle: The Story of the Kalandar Prince

General Info

Year: 1888 / 1986
Duration: c. 11:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hindsley Transcriptions
Cost: Score and Parts - $86.00   |   Score Only - $24.00


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
Percussion, including:

  • Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


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 second movement, The Story of the Kalandar Prince, follows a type of ternary theme and variation and is described as a fantastic narrative. The variations only change by virtue of the accompaniment, highlighting the piece's "Rimsky-ness" in the sense of simple musical lines allowing for greater appreciation of the orchestral clarity and brightness. Inside the general melodic line, a fast section highlights changes within both tonality and structure of the fanfare motif, played by trombone and muted trumpet

- 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.

In the story of the Kalandar Prince, the plot concerns three beggars, each of whom is to tell a tale to save his life. Each claims to be the son of a king. Each has lost his left eye and claims he lost it at the close of some wondrous adventure. Rimsky-Korsakov has taken these likenesses and, through the magical process of musical synthesis and poetic license, has made the three into just one Kalandar Prince.

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


State Ratings

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


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Rimsky-Korsakov, N.; Hindsley, M. [1986] The Story of the Kalandar Prince : Scheherazade no. 2 [score]. Mark H Hindsley: 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.