Night on Bald Mountain (arr Gardner)

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Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Mussorgsky (arr. Maurice Gardner)

General Info

Year:1867 / 1952
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Staff Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

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Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This spectacular work was written for orchestra by Modest Mussorgsky, one of the "Russian Five," who is also known for his Pictures at an Exhibition. This piece depicts a witches' sabbath, and is usually associated with Halloween. It was used to great effect in the Walt Disney animated film Fantasia.

- Program Note from score

Modeste 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


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