Night on Bald Mountain (scored Schaefer)

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Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Mussorgsky (scored William A. Schaefer)

This work is also known as Night on Bare Mountain. Both "bare" and "bald" are technically correct.

General Info

Year: 1867 / 1976 / 1990
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
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
Harp (or Piano)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Modest Mussorgsky wrote Night on Bald Mountain in 1867 in 12 days. His inspiration was a story by the Russian author Nicolai Gogol. He later reworked it as part of a planned opera Mlada, that was never finished. He reworked it again in 1880 and used it as an intermezzo in his opera Sorochinsky Fair. The work ended up in a pile of unfinished manuscripts, and was discovered by Rimsky-Korsakov after Mussorgsky’s death. He then wrote an orchestral arrangement based on Mussorgsky’s final version. Mussorgsky gave a brief description of the work: Gathering of the Witches, their gossip and chit chat; The Procession of Satan; Pagan Worship of Satan; Sabbath.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

I need hardly remind the reader that the orchestral piece universally known as Mussorgsky's Night on the Bare Mountain is an orchestral composition by Rimsky-Korsakov based on the later version of the Bare Mountain music which Mussorgsky prepared for Sorochinksy Fair.

Gerald Abraham, musicologist and an authority on Mussorgsky, 1945, Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: V
  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Maryland: VI
  • Massachusetts: V
  • New York: Concert Band VI
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


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