The Tsar's Bride
Concert Band - Grade 5
Overture. Composed by Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908). Arranged by Egbert van Groningen. Full score and set of parts. Duration 7:00. Published by Baton Music (BF.BM154-SET).
Item Number: BF.BM154-SET
The Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) finished his opera The Tsar's Bride in 1899. This opera is a lurid melodrama set in the time of Ivan the Terrible, though this might hardly be guessed from its overture. However, this was a period when Rimsky was concerned with 'classicizing' his style, and the piece is best taken simply as a neat sonata structure built from highly abstractive music, though with what sounds like a sort of double recapitulation followed by a wistful new melody introducing the dying coda.