In 1880, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), known for his symphonic works, Scheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol, and the Russian Easter Festival Overture, became enthusiastic about a fantastic story told by Russian playwright Ostrovsky entitled The Snow Maiden. Shortly after this, Nikolai composed his most famous opera by the same name.
Playful, lively, and fast-paced, Lewis Norfleet’s percussion arrangement of Dance of the Tumblers from the The Snow Maiden requires lightness, buoyancy, and ensemble awareness from its performers. The arrangement is written for 13 medium-to-advanced players with most mallet parts designed to be played with two mallets. In 2/4 throughout, it's good, happy fun for mom and dad as long as the kiddos don't bang too hard!
Sheet music available at http://www.tapspace.com
Four ensembles of the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles perform the Fall Concert on November 3, 2013. Youth Symphony Orchestra and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra were conducted by Aaron Kaplan, Youth String Ensemble was conducted by John Schultz and Youth Choir was conducted by Mary Tallitsch.