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Colours of Saratov

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Dan Rager

Dan Rager

Subtitle: Concerto for Solo F Horn and Wind Band

General Info

Year: 2003 / 2010
Duration: c. 15:05
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bepress
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00


Full Score
Solo Horn
C Piccolo/Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
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
Tuba/String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Chimes
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal, large
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The city of Saratov is on the banks of the Volga River in the southern Russian Volgograd region. A city twice as old as the United States, Saratov has remained untouched from the wrath of world wars. Its architecture and 400-year-old buildings look astonishingly quaint. Its residents live in a vibrant cultural center with beautiful city parks, gardens and markets. The magnificent Volga River is the longest river in Europe and is over a mile wide, giving the appearance of a lake, which is used for shipping, fishing and boating. The arts are an important part of the culture and is evident from the cities beautiful opera and concert halls. Its history museum displays, artifacts, materials and information from the age of dinosaurs to space travel. The museum's music and culture exhibitions make it one of the most diverse collections in the world. Colours of Saratov conveys this elegant beauty and diversity from the cities past and present.

The concerto is dedicated to Natalia Medvedeva, principle French horn of the Saratov Philharmonic and professor of horn at the Saratov Conservatory in Saratov, Russia. The music is in honor of my esteemed friend, Artistic Director of the Saratov Philharmonic, Anatoly Selianin.

- Program Notes from composer

The name Saratov may be derived from Sary Tau (Сары Тау), meaning "Yellow Mountain" in the Tatar language. Another version of the name origin derives it from the words Sar Atau, which means the "Boggy Island".

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • East Chapel Hill N.C.) High School (Ryan Ellefsen, conductor; Drew Phillips, horn) – 7 March 2019
  • Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.) Wind Symphony (Stephen Kerr, conductor; Andrew Phillips, horn) – 11 October 2018
  • Fond du Lac Symphonic Band (Fond du Lac, WI.) Performing Arts Center (Dan Rager, conductor; Natalya M. Rager, horn) - 12 October 2012
  • Surgut Philharmonic (Surgut, Russia) (M. Abrmov, conductor; Mishin Denis, horn) - 10 July 2010
  • Lakeland College Symphonic Windorchestra, (Kirtland, Ohio) (Dan Rager, conductor; Natalya M. Rager, horn) - 18 December 2004
  • Saratov Volga Windorchestra of Russia (Dan Rager, conductor; Natalya V. Medvedeva, horn) - 15 October 2003 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Dan Rager, personal correspondence, August 2019
  • Saratov, Wikipedia Accessed 10 August 2019