Biography of Nikolai Rimskij-Korsakow (1844-1908)

Born in Tichwin near St. Petersburg
First composition
Commitment as naval cadet, due to his descent from a distinguished family.
On the navy school contact with Balakirew and intensification of his musical studies
He conducted the premiere of his own first symphony during his education at the navy.
Frequent discussions of "The five" consisting of Mussorgskij, Borodin, Balakirew, Cui and Rimskij-Korsakow
Leaves navy, already being a established composer and teacher at the conservatory.
Musical head of the court band of the tsar and teacher (amongst others Glasunov, Prokofjew und Strawinskij)
In his opera Mlada Rimskij-Korsakow is one of the first composers to use the alto flute as part of the orchestra.
As he knows about his technical insufficiency, he starts a late study of counter point.
Dies on manor Ljubensk near Luga

Sheet music for flute:

Quintett (B-Dur)
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(flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Allegro con brio
  2. Andante
  3. Rondo Allegretto
My edition is a quite old one and no longer available. The new Belaieff edition has only the parts, no score.

Song of India - from Sadko (F-Dur) (Bearbeitung)
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(4 flutes)
Rubank Inc., HL 4479514
Rating: easy
  1. Moderately
The first flute quartet I ever played. Parts and score. The parts have to be cut in two or you need to make illegal copies.

CDs with/from Nikolai Rimskij-Korsakow

Quatuor Syrinx
    Marc Berthomieu: Arcadie:
  1. Bergers (01:55:00)
  2. Syrinx Magique (02:26:00)
  3. Dryade (01:59:00)
  4. Jacques Castérède: Flutes en vacances - flutes legeres (02:26:00)
  5. Scott Joplin: Ragtime Dance "a Step-time two step" (01:50:00)
  6. Fetes (01:52:00)
  7. Passepied (01:54:00)
  8. Complaintes (01:32:00)
  9. Tambourin (01:32:00)
  10. Nikolai Rimskij-Korsakow: Le vol du Bourdon (01:18:00)
  11. Friedrich Kuhlau: Rondo (04:30:00)
  12. Marc Berthomieu: Les Chats:
  13. Persan bleu (02:09:00)
  14. Pume (01:13:00)
  15. Siamois (01:35:00)
  16. Lynx (02:50:00)
  17. Chat perche (00:00:01)
  18. Stephane Touron: Frivole (01:09:00)
  19. Jacques Petit: Pop (01:45:00)
János Bálint, Nóra Mercz
Romantic Music for Flute and Harp (1993)
Bizet - Tchaikovsky - Gluck - Debussy - Ravel - Chopin
  1. Georges Bizet: Intermezzo from the Opera Carmen (02:32:00)
  2. Jules Massenet: Meditation from the Opera Thais (04:30:00)
  3. Auguste Durand: Premiere Valse in E Flat Major, Op. 83 (05:32:00)
  4. Georges Bizet: Menuet in E Flat Major (04:20:00)
  5. Claude Debussy: Petite Suite No. 1 - En bateau (04:09:00)
  6. Maurice Ravel: Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera (02:40:00)
  7. Auguste Durand: Chaconne in A Flat Minor (04:00:00)
  8. Christoph Willibald Gluck: Ballet in D minor (Dance of the Blessed Spirits) from the Opera Orfeo ed Euridice (07:27:00)
  9. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Andante in C Major, KV 315 (06:18:00)
  10. Frederick Chopin: Variations in E Major on the Theme Non piu mesta from Rossini's Opera La Cenerentola (05:06:00)
  11. Edmund Schuëcker: Mazurka in E Flat Minor, op. 12 (05:10:00)
  12. Nikolai Rimskij-Korsakow: Hindu Song from the Opera Sadko (03:26:00)
  13. Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Valse sentimentale in F Minor (02:45:00)
  14. Johann Strauß: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 (01:37:00)
Wurde im Studio aufgenommen, klingt aber nach einem Hallraum wie in der Kirche. Seltsamerweise kommt die Flöte dabei ganz aus der Ferne. Irritiert mich beim Hören. "Romantisch" im Titel ist wohl nicht musikhistorisch gemeint, sonst hätten Gluck und Mozart da nix verloren.

Literature von/über Nikolai Rimskij-Korsakow

Last edit 21.03.2013