Song of the Volga Boatmen

From Wind Repertory Project
Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky (ed. Simpson)

This work is also known by its title in French, Chant des Bateliers du Volga.

General Info

Year: 1917 / 1989
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Lauren Keiser Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $24.95   |   Score Only (print) - $9.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Tam-Tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Song of the Volga Boatmen (known in Russian as Эй, ухнем! [Ey, ukhnem!, "yo, heave-ho!"], after the refrain) is a well-known traditional Russian song collected by Mily Balakirev, and published in his book of folk songs in 1866. It was sung by burlaks, or barge-haulers, on the Volga River. Ilya Repin's famous painting Barge Haulers on the Volga depicts such burlaks in Tsarist Russia toiling along the Volga.

The song was popularized by Feodor Chaliapin, and has been a favourite concert piece of bass singers ever since. Glenn Miller's jazz arrangement took the song to #1 in the U.S. charts in 1941.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Caroline Hand, conductor) – 20 April 2018

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