Dance of the Tumblers




Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Lewis Norfleet

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!

This piece comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-Rom containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing.

Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, xylophone, chimes, 2 vibraphones, two 4.3-octave (low A) marimbas, two smaller 4-octave marimbas, 4 timpani, snare drum, small and large crash cymbals (pairs), bass drum, triangle, gong, tambourine. Note for larger ensembles: If there is a fifth marimba available, the Marimba 4 part may be doubled. If there is a third vibraphone available, the Vibraphone 2 part may be doubled.

  • Level: Medium-advanced
  • Personnel: 13 players
  • Duration: 3:00

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