Dances from The Oprichnik

From Wind Repertory Project
Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Peter I. Tchaikovsky (arr. John R. Bourgeois)

General Info

Year: 1872 / 2008
Duration: c. 6:05
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00; (digital) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

These dances display Tchaikovsky's remarkable grasp of symphonic writing and are among the very best of his dance sequences. Carefully transcribed for band, they are taken from the opera The Oprichnik. The Oprichnik were the personal bodyguards of Tsar Ivan the Terrible.

The opening dance features various woodwind solo passages that display a hauntingly poignant Slavic flavor. The second dance begins vigorously and surges forward with ever-increasing accelerandi that lead to a fiery conclusion. [Both dances are taken from Act IV and both, curiously, bear the same title, Dances of Oprichniks and Women.]

- Program Note from publisher

The Oprichnik (The Guardsman) is an opera in 4 acts, 5 scenes, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) to his own libretto after the tragedy The Oprichniks by Ivan Lazhechnikov (1792–1869). The subject of the opera is the oprichniks. It is set in Ivan the Terrible's court during the oprichnina times (1565–1573).

Tchaikovsky worked on the opera from February 1870 - March 1872. It includes music from his early opera The Voyevoda (1869). The work is dedicated to the Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich Romanov. It was given its premiere performance at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg on 24 April 1874.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oregon: VI-A


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  • The Oprichnik, Wikipedia Accessed 14 May 2017
  • Tchaikovsky, P.; Bourgeois, J. (2008). Dances from The Oprichnik [score]. Wingert-Jones Publications: Kansas City, Mo.