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Xerxes (Van Riel)

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Ron van Riel

Ron van Riel

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Molenaar Edition
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €98.10   |   Score Only (print) - €19.62


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
String Bass (optional)
Piano (optional)
Timpani (extended low range required (low C2))
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Shaker
  • Shekere
  • Suspended Cymbals (2)
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-toms (4)

Cello (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composer Ron van Riel was inspired by Wilhelm von Kaulbach’s painting Die Seeschlacht bei Salamis (The Battle of Salamis). It portrays the naval battle at Salamis, where the Persian King Xerxes lost decisively against the vastly outnumbered Greeks. Thousands of ships battled each other, and chaos reigned. Or at least so it seemed, because the ability to deceive and trick their enemies flowed through the veins of both the Greeks and the Persians.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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