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Dance of the Tumblers (arr Balent)

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Andrew Balent)


Subtitle: From the opera Snow Maiden


General Info

Year: 1882 / 2000
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet 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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Dance of the Tumblers is a musical excerpt from Act III of the opera Snow Maiden, written by one of the great Russian composers, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. He was a member of the “Russian Five” (along with Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Cui and Borodin), who were a group of composers that brought forth the Russian school of composition during the mid- to late 1800s.

Snow Maiden was composed in 1880-81, and was first performed in January of 1882 at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. The plot of the opera explores the opposition of forces of nature, using mythological characters to depict eternal struggles, such as the cold frost of winter versus the warmth of spring. Dance of the Tumblers creates a light and uplifting mood, accompanying clowns and acrobats in the story line.

- Program note by Abigail Gregory for the Marcus High School Wind Symphony concert program 22 December 2012


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

  • Michigan: Junior High B
  • Tennessee: III


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

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