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Dance of the Buffoons

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (trans. Sartorius)

Also known as Dance of the Tumblers

General Info

Year: 1882 / 1935
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: M. Witmark
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Condensed Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Snow Maiden (subtitle: A Spring Fairy Tale) is an opera in four acts with a prologue by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composed during 1880–1881. The Russian libretto, by the composer, is based on the like-named play by Alexander Ostrovsky (which had premiered in 1873 with incidental music by Tchaikovsky).

The first performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera took place at the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg on 29 January 1882 conducted by Eduard Nápravník. By 1898 it was revised in the edition known today. It remained the composer's own favorite work.

Dance of the Buffoons (also called Dance of the Skomorokhi, Dance of the Tumblers and Danse of the Clowns) appears is Act III of the opera.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 19 November 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Rimsky-Korsakov, N.; Sartorius, H. (1935). Dance of the Tumblers [score]. M. Witmark: New York.
  • The Snow Maiden, Wikipedia Accessed 11 January 2018