Coronation Scene from "Boris Godunov"

From Wind Repertory Project
Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Mussorgsky (arr. Erik Leidzén)

General Info

Year: 1874 / 1936
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

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Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
E-flat Horn I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drums
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mussorgsky wrote two versions of Boris Godunov between 1868 and 1872, and the opera was rescored and revised by Rimsky-Korsakov after Mussorgsky's death. The drama is an intense and tragic story of a man tormented by his own mind. Boris has contrived the murder of the rightful heir to the throne and has proclaimed himself tsar. The coronation scene, one of the most brilliant and colorful scenes in the opera, takes place in the square fronting the Kremlin in Moscow. A great throng of people has gathered to hail Boris as their new tsar.

Boris appears in the middle of the coronation scene, and the ringing bells and shouting crowds falls silent. He is filled with a sense of doom, both for himself and his kingdom. He invokes God's blessing and asks the people to kneel in homage to the departed rulers of Russia. Once more they take up their cry of "Glory!" and the great bells of the cathedrals boom out as Boris proceeds to the royal apartments in the Kremlin.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Florida: V
  • Tennessee: V


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  • Mussorgsky, M.; Leidzen, E. (1936). Coronation Scene from the Opera "Boris Godunov" [score]. Carl Fischer: new York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 441.