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Tsar Boris

Overture

By Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov

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Tsar Boris (Overture). Composed by Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov (1866-1901). Arranged by Marc Koninkx. For Concert Band. Grade 4. Full score. Duration 9:30. Published by Baton Music (BF.BM272-SCORE).

This Tsar Boris was the same Boris Godunov who was celebrated by Pushkin and immortalized by Mussorgsky, and Kalinnikov's (1866-1901) resplendent piece is aptly endowed with Tsarist pomp and circumstance. A 79-bar introduction, Moderato assai, presents all the main material, and this is followed by a brisk alla breve Allegro, in wich vigorous material heroics are offset by softer, minor-key themes suggestive of purpose, struggle and achievement. The fortissimo eruption of fanfares near the end is a splendid theatrical touch.

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