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Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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(1844 - 1908)
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Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai: "Dance of the Tumblers" from the "Snow Maiden Suite" for Small Orchestra

"Dance of the Tumblers" from the "Snow Maiden Suite" for Small Orchestra
Mvt. 4
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

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Composer :Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovRimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai (1844 - 1908)
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Winds & String Orchestra

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Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Date :1895
Copyright :Public Domain
Familiar to concert audiences for Sheherazade, the Capriccio espagnole, and The Flight of the Bumblebee, during his lifetime Rimsky-Korsakov was known chiefly through his operas. Between 1868 and 1905 he wrote no fewer than 17 major works for the stage, a few of which are remembered by their titles, at least--May Night, The Barber of Baghdad, Mozart and Salieri, The Snow Maiden. These operas rarely appear in Western theaters, but the music from them is often so powerful and coloristic that conductors can hardly resist excerpting them, if only to revel in the rich hues of this composer's orchestral mastery.

Rimsky-Korsakov was first and foremost a pioneer of orchestral sound. This found expression in his Principles of Orchestration (published posthumously, in 1913), which is illustrated with more than 300 musical examples from his own works and is still used as a textbook in conservatories around the world. His innovations in color, texture and sonority helped inspire the experiments of Ravel, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and others. But this mastery was not confined to his orchestra scores, it runs through his operas as well, which contain some of his finest music.

The Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) began its life as a "springtime fairy-tale" by Alexander Orlovsky, the 1873 premiere of which featured 19 numbers of incidental music by Tchaikovsky. Written in verse, the play lent itself naturally to an operatic setting; Rimsky-Korsakov's four-act opera with prologue was first performed at St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater in 1882. Among the original cast was the bass Fyodor Stravinsky, Igor's father, in the role of Grandfather Frost.

As in many Russian folk tales (Stravinsky's The Firebird comes to mind), The Snow Maiden includes both real humans and imaginary or fairy-tale figures (Bonny Spring, Grandfather Frost, Forest Sprite). The latter chiefly occupy the Prologue, but the Snow Maiden "crosses over" into the world of humans. The libretto recounts a meandering love story with plenty of opportunities for set pieces such as dances, strongly lyrical arias and ensembles, and large-scale hymns and choruses glorifying the Tsar.

Source: Kennedy Center ( ).

Although originally scored for Orchestra, I created this Arrangement of the "Dance of the Tumblers" (Mvt. 4) from the "Snow Maiden Suite" for Small Orchestra (Piccolos, Flutes, Oboes, Bb Clarinets, Bassoons, Bb Trumpets, French Horns, Trombones, Bass Trombones, Tubas, Timpani & Percussion, Violins, Violas, Cellos & Basses).
Sheet central :La Demoiselle des neiges (Snegourotchka) (6 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2019-09-25

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