Scheherazade No 3 (tr Hindsley)

From Wind Repertory Project
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (tr. Mark Hindsley)

Subtitle: The Young Prince and Princess

General Info

Year: 1888 / 1986
Duration: c. 11:02
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hindsley Transcriptions
Cost: Score and Parts - $66.00   |   Score Only - $18.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II
Alto Flute (ad lib)
English Horn
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
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


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 third movement is also ternary, and is considered the simplest movement in form and melodic content. The inner section is said to be based on the theme from Tamara, while the outer sections have song-like melodic content. The outer themes are related to the inner by tempo and common motif, and the whole movement is finished by a quick coda return to the inner motif, balancing it out nicely.

- 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.

The movement devoted to the young prince and the princess is the idyll of the suite, an idyll both of the stories and the magic. Here we are nearest to the touch of sentiment, apart from the mere drama of haps and mishaps. But there are all kinds of special events. The idyll begins straightaway, winds through a great variety of scenes and storms, sings out simply again, and then its loneliness is enveloped and sealed in the last strains of the romance.

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


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: IV
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: VI
  • Louisiana: IV
  • 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. [197-?] The Young Prince and Princess : Scheherazade no. 32 [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.