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Variations on "Russian Sailor's Dance"

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Reinhold Glière

Reinhold Glière (arr. David Bobrowitz)

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00; (digital) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00; (digital) - $8.00


Full Score
Flute 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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Russian Sailors’ Dance is the best-known excerpt from Reinhold Glière score for the 1927 ballet The Red Poppy. The ballet portrays an uprising on a Chinese ship where visiting Russian sailors, sympathetic to the cruel treatment of the labourers, successfilly intervene. Glière based the Russian Sailor’s Dance on the popular Russian folk tune titled Yablochka, which means little apple. This arrangement, by David Bobrowitz, has a series of variations on Glière's theme that pick up speed and intensity.

- Program Note by Amador Valley High School Wind Ensemble I


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