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Sheet music for Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Piano Solo. Composed by Various Artists. The Library Of. Classical. Book Only. 352 pages. Amsco Publications #MUSAM66895. Published by Amsco Publications (HL.14019046).
Piano - SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)
Piano Solo. By Amy Appleby_Peter Pickow. Edited by Peter Pickow / Amy Appleby. Arranged by Peter Pickow and Amy Appleby. The Library Of. Classical. Book with CD. 320 pages. Music Sales #MUSAM91728. Published by Music Sales (HL.14019047).
The Library of Series. Composed by Various. Music Sales America. Classical, Standards. Softcover. 240 pages. Music Sales #AM960399. Published by Music Sales (HL.14009809).
Library of Series. By Amy Appleby. By Various. Edited by Amy Appleby. Arranged by Amy Appleby. Music Sales America. Folk, Patriotic, Standards. Softcover. 320 pages. Music Sales #AM985325. Published by Music Sales (HL.14001784).
Piano/Keyboard - SMP Level 3 (Early Intermediate)
Level 3A-3B. Arranged by Nancy Faber and Randall Faber. Faber Piano Adventures. Recital, Supplementary. Softcover. 32 pages. Faber Piano Adventures #FF1022. Published by Faber Piano Adventures (HL.420131).
Piano - SMP Level 7 (Late Intermediate)
Everybody's Favorite Series No. 3. Edited by Maxwell Eckstein. Everybody's Favorite Series #3. Children, Classical. Collection (softcover). With fingerings (does not include words to the songs). 191 pages. Music Sales #MUSAM40023. Published by Music Sales (HL.14025513).
11 symphonic works
- First Symphony, 1865
- Overture on Three Russian Themes, 1866
- Fantasia on Serbian Themes, 1867
- Sadko (a musical picture), 1867
- Antar (Second Symphony), 1868
- Third Symphony, 1873
- A Tale, 1879
- Symphoniette on Russian themes, 1885
- Capriccio Espagnol 1887
- Sheherazade, 1888
- Overture La Grande Paque Russe (Russian Easter Festival Overture), op. 36, 1888
- The Maiden of Pskov, 1872
- The May Night, 1878
- The Snowmaiden, 1881
- Mlada (opera-ballet), 1890
- The Christmas Night, 1895
- Sadko, 1896
- Mozart and Saliery, 1897
- Vera Sheloga, 1898
- The Tsar’s Bride, 1898
- The Tale of Tsar Saltan, 1899
- Servilia, 1901
- Kashtshey Immortal, 1901
- Pan Voyevoda, 1903
- The Legend of the Invisible town Kitez, 1904
- Le Coq d’Or, 1907
3 works for instrument and orchestra
- Fantasia for violin, 1886
- Concert for trombone, 1877
- Concert for piano, 1882
for different voices and piano, 1865-1898
- 100 Russian folk songs, 1877
- 40 Russian folk songs, 1882
Other musical works
- several pieces for piano, 1875-1878
- many instrumental and vocal ensembles, 1874-1901
- Sacred music, 1884
He also wrote
- Text-book on Harmony, 1884
- The Principles of Orchestration, 1908 (published posthumously, 1913)
- The Legend of My Musical Life, 1906 (published posthumously, 1909)
In Russia all of Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical and literary works are published as
well as many books and articles about his life, his works and musical activity.
(Contributed by Andrey Beljakov <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov was born in a small provincial town called Tikhvin,
200 km from St. Petersburg.
His family was unusual by the age of its members. At the time of his birth his
father was 60, his mother 42 and his brother was already a naval officer and
was 22 years old.
In Tikhvin little Nika learned to play the piano. His parents noticed that he
made good progress and had a perfect ear. But they did not pay attention to
this. At his parents will, Nika, when he was twelve, entered the Naval School
at St. Petersburg to become a mariner following his brother.
From that time he began to go to operas, symphonic concerts and acquired a
passion for music. His new music teacher Canille noticed the musical gift of
his pupil and told him he should try to compose music himself. Canille
explained the general rules of musical composition, set him homework and soon
introduced to the composer Mily Balakirev who was the head of a St. Petersburg
musical circle. During the last year of his studies at the Naval School
(1861/62) Nikolay began to compose a symphony. He was happy and dreamed to become a composer.
But his mother and brother (his father died in March 1862) convinced him that a
musical career would not ensure a sufficient income, and therefore he should
become a naval officer. In order to do this, he had to embark on a
round-the-world trip. In October 1862 Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov set off from
Kronstadt as a gardemarine on the clipper "Almaz".
The young composer agreed with his parents hoping he would be able to compose
on the ship. But the atmosphere there was not suitable to write musical
compositions. Official duties did not allow any spare time for music. There was
no piano or any other musical instrument on the ship. Not one of the crew took
any interest in music. Nevertheless, during the first months of the cruise,
mainly during a long stop in England (winter 1862/63) he composed the Andante
for his symphony. But later, little by little, his
passion for music died down. He thought that music was no longer a part of his
life. The cruise lasted 2 years and 8 months. During this time Rimsky- Korsakov
visited Germany, England, The United States of America (where he went on a trip
to the Niagara Falls), Brazil, France and Spain. He saw many different aspects
of nature, particularly of the Northern, Equatorial and Southern seas, the
stormy and calm ocean, the starry sky of the Southern hemisphere.
All these natural pictures left striking impressions in his memory. Later he
interpreted in his music, with a great talent, these impressions, as well as the
natural phenomenon of the North of Russia. He created beautiful musical
pictures of the sea (e.g. in "Sadko", "The Tale of the Tsar Saltan",
"Sheherazade"); of the forest with its sounds (e.g. in "The Snowmaiden", "The
Legend of the Invisible Town Kitez"); of the air and sky (e.g. in "The
Christmas Night", "Kashtshey Immortal").
After Rimsky-Korsakov came back to Russia (May,1865), he began to work for the
Coast Service in St.Petersburg and intended to enter the Naval Academy. But in
St.Petersburg he met his former musical friends, who forced him to return to
music and to complete his symphony. In the same year, on December 19th,
Rimsky-Korsakov’s first symphony was performed for the first time in a
concert with Mily Balakirev as the conductor, and it was a great success. The
audience were astonished, when they saw that the
author was a very young naval officer. So his musical career began. Still he
had to earn a living and thus only gave up active naval service eight years
Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical activity did not only include the creative work. From
1871, when he was twenty-seven, and until the end of his life, he was a
professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire; he held a civilian post of the
inspector of the Naval Brass bands for ten years (1873-1883); worked as the
Director of the Free Music School for seven years (1874-1881); was the
Director’ s Assistant of the Imperial Capella for ten years (1883-1893);
conducted symphonic concerts for more than thirty years (1874-19
07) at St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, Brussels and Paris. He died in his own
country seat, Loubensk, when he was sixty-four.
(Contributed by Andrey Beljakov <email@example.com>)