Procession of the Sardar

From Wind Repertory Project
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov

Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (arr. Calvin Custer)

Subtitle: From Caucasian Sketches

General Info

Year: 1894 / 1995
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (I doubling Piccolo)
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
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mallet Percussion
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Throughout his compositional career, Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ippolitov-Ivanov (a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov) was fascinated with things oriental, and often wrote with a folksong-based programmatic nationalism. Calvin Custer has transformed this section of Ippolitov-Ivanov's orchestral suite Caucasian Sketches into a superior work for concert band. The essence of mystery vividly transfers from the orchestral medium to winds and percussion.

- Program Note from publisher

Caucasian Sketches, Suite No. 1, Op. 10 is an orchestral suite composed in 1894 and one of the most representative works by Russian composer Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov. Its final movement, titled Procession of the Sardar, is often performed as a standalone composition and is a favorite in pop concerts.

A "sardar" is a Persian title for a military commander, leader or dignitary.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


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