From Wind Repertory Project
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (trans. Douglas McLain)

Subtitle: From Christmas Eve suite

General Info

Year: 1895 / 2017
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Baton Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €89.00   |   Score Only (print) - €18.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Solo Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Polonaise from Christmas Eve suite was originally an opera in four acts and was based on a short story by Nikolay Gogol (earlier, Tchaikovsky had written an opera based on the same story). Rimsky-Korsakov compiled a suite of pieces from the opera a few years later.

The opera itself features supernatural elements that seem better suited to Halloween than Christmas: one Christmas eve, in the little Ukrainian town of Dikanka, a broomstick-riding widow agrees to help the Devil steal the moon. The widow’s son Vakula, however, has annoyed the Devil, who decides to interfere with Vakula’s courtship of Oksana, the girl he loves. Over the course of a single night not only is the moon stolen away, but Vakula captures the Devil and magically travels to St. Petersburg to the court of the tsaritsa. The Polonaise is a version of the music the petitioners at the court sing to praise and honor her. Just as Oksana thinks Vakula is lost and perhaps dead, he reappears to ask her to marry him—and all ends happily.

- Program Note adapted from Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra

The Polonaise is performed by the chorus in the last scene of the opera.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) – 10 December 2019

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