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Polovtsian Dances

Composer: Alexander Borodin

Instrument: Percussion Ensemble

Level: Intermediate

Published: 2015

Price: €50.00

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  • Description +
    • Arranged by Scott Weatherson
      Duration: 20 min.

      The Polovtsian Dances is the most well known part of Alexander Borodin's (1833-1887) opera Prince Igor; the opera remained unfinished at the time of the composer's death and was finished by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov. The orchestration of the Polovtsian Dances themselves is by Rimsky-Korsakov. After an andantino introduction, four principal dances are heard: Dance of the Gliding Maidens, Wild Dance of the Men, General Dance and Dance of the Boys. Later in the piece various themes from the dances are interwoven and the piece ends with an energetic animato.  

      This arrangement is written for a percussion ensemble of 10 players and requires glockenspiel, chimes, 2 xylophones, 2 vibraphones, 3 marimbas (including one 5 octave instrument), 3 timpani and percussion (triangle, tambourine and snare drum). Four mallet playing is required in all of the vibraphone and marimba parts.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Percussion Ensemble (number of players: 10)

      Glockenspiel (1)
      Chimes (1)
      Xylophone (2)
      Vibraphone (2)
      Marimba (3) (including one 5 octave instrument),
      Timpani (3)
      Percussion (Triangle, Tambourine and Snare Drum)

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  • About the composer +
    • Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin (12 November 1833 – 27 February 1887) was a Russian Romantic composer of Georgian origin, as well as a doctor and chemist. He was one of the prominent 19th century composers known as The Mighty Handful, a group dedicated to producing a uniquely Russian kind of classical music, rather than imitating earlier Western European models.

      Borodin is best known for his symphonies, his two string quartets, In the Steppes of Central Asia and his opera Prince Igor. Music from Prince Igor and his string quartets was later adapted for the US musical Kismet. A notable advocate of women's rights, Borodin was a promoter of education in Russia and founded the School of Medicine for Women in St. Petersburg.

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover Graphics and Layout: Gaia Gomes
      Engraving: Scott Weatherson & CPH Engraving
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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