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Russian Composers of the Romantic Period

“Where the heart does not enter; there can be no music” Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

What is hidden in the heart of Russian music? Pain and suffering, love and passion, a simple and vulnerable human soul, that never loses its pride and confidence. Browse our sheet music and scores, and explore for yourself the deepest reaches of the romantic Russian composers’ souls today.

Russian National School

As was very prevalent around Europe at the time, a strong national movement emerged in Russia at the beginning of the 19th century. The defeat of the Napoleonic armies in 1812 united the Russian nation, and created a great opportunity for the development of music and culture. The Russian National School was born from the synthesis of Russian folk music, exotic imports, and European musical influences, and was renowned for its profound emotions and its new and progressive harmonic, melodic and rhythmic structures. Michail Iwanowitsch Glinka is deemed by many to be the founder of the Russian National School, and he was closely followed by Alexander Sergejewitsch Dargomyschski.

The Group of Five

“The Mighty Handful” or “The Group of Five” (also known as “The Novators” or “The New Russian School”) was an association of five prominent composers, whose aim was to create a specifically Russian style of music, and not to imitate older European models. The group was founded in 1856, and its comprised of Mili Balakirew, César Antonowitsch Cui, Alexander Borodin, Modest Petrovitsch Mussorgsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The Might Handful taught many other great Russian composers, who also took up their style and supported their values, including the romantic composer Alexander Glazunov and the modernists Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky and Dmitri Shostakovich.

High & Late Romanticism

The most important Russian composer of the 19th century is without a doubt Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky’s music reflects his profound, melancholy inner world, while embracing Russian folk music, in all its authentic beauty. The Symphonies by Tchaikovsky count amongst some of the best orchestral works of the 19th century, as do his trio of Ballets Sleeping Beauty , Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, with which the composer raised the whole form to a new level.

“Music is no illusion, but rather a revelation. Its triumphant power lies in the fact that it reveals to us beauties we find in no other sphere; and the apprehension of them is not transitory, but a perpetual reconcilement to life.” Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The last of the late Romantic Russian composers are Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin. While Rachmaninoff generally remains true to the Russian musical legacy of the 19th century, there are many modern elements in Scriabin’s music, particularly in his use of harmony and instrumentation.

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Sergei Rachmaninoff

Vocalise

for flute and piano
Mitropa Instrumental Series

for: Flute, piano

Score, part

Item no.: 634029

12.99 €plus shipping
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Deck the Nutcracker Hall

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 675374

2.95 €plus shipping
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite

Russian Dance

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker Suite

Hands-on Activities for exploring Tschaikowsky's Ballet
Active Listening Lessons

for: Voices (body percussion), drums

Music score, CD

Item no.: 632786

35.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 weeks
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow

Practical manual of Harmony

The Masters Collection

Music lesson book

Item no.: 585250

19.50 €plus shipping
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Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow

Principles of Orchestrattion

Reprint of the 1922 edition

Book

Item no.: 172615

18.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Guide to the Practical Study of Harmony

Reprint P. Jurgenson, Leipzig, n.d.
This volume presents a clear and thorough introduction to the study of harmony - a complete course in writing music featuring numerous examples and exercises

Boek (softcover)

Item no.: 134848

9.40 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker for Easy Piano

12 Selections from the Ballet by Tchaikovsky

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 603319

11.80 €plus shipping
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Modest Mussorgsky

The Great Gate of Kiev

The Organist's Library

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 971762

15.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow

Scheherazade op. 35

Symphonic suite for orchestra
In a simple arrangement
Get to Know Classical Masterpieces

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 430797

16.00 €plus shipping
In reprint. Delivery time unknown.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Themes From 1812 Overture

FlexBand

for: Flexible ensemble (5 voices)

Score

Item no.: 811545

6.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Lago Dei Cigni, Selezione (Roth)

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 197578

14.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Alexander Borodin

Polovtsian Dances

from Prince Igor

for: Mixed choir, piano

Choir score

Item no.: 131869

6.15 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker

Ballett in zwei Akten op. 71

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 1215442

18.50 €plus shipping
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Modest Mussorgsky

Pictures at an Exhibition

Get to Know Classical Masterpieces

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 1215445

17.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake

Get to Know Classical Masterpieces

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 1215443

17.50 €plus shipping
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Sergei Rachmaninoff

Songs 2

This editionis a reprint from the original publication

for: Voice, piano

Music score

Item no.: 198559

47.50 €plus shipping
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Chanson Triste Op.42 No.2

Klassik

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 838752

7.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Polina Vajdman, Ada G Ajnbinder

Concerto No. 1 b-Moll op. 23 CW 53

First Edition
Band 1

for: Piano, orchestra

Score (with critical report)

Item no.: 772272

280.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Eugen Onegin

Lyrical Scenes in 3 acts op. 24

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 173991

53.00 €plus shipping
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Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow

The Flight of the Bumble-Bee

for clarinet and piano

for: Clarinet, piano

Score, part

Item no.: 630729

14.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Guide to the Practical Study of Harmony

Study book

Item no.: 491669

21.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow

Flight of the Bumblebee

Rubank Solo-Ensemble Sheet

for: Flute, piano

Book

Item no.: 296912

9.70 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Modest Mussorgsky

Complete Songs

66 Songs in Original Keys

for: Voice, piano

Music score

Item no.: 149614

53.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Alexander Borodin

Choral Dance No.17 From Prince Igor

Choral Dance No. 17

for: Women's Choir and Orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 897525

7.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Modest Mussorgsky

The Great Gate of Kiev

from 'Pictures at an Exhibition'

for: Concert band

Score

Item no.: 890856

19.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Danse des Mirlitons (from The Nutcracker Suite)

Flute Trio with Piano

for: Flute Trio and Piano

Score, Parts

Item no.: 186780

10.20 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow

Song of India

Great Classics

for: Concert band

Score, Parts

Item no.: 891766

124.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Sergei Rachmaninoff

Songs op. 21/ 7

"How fair this spot!"

for: Voice (soprano), piano

Music score

Item no.: 462507

14.00 €plus shipping
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Modest Mussorgsky

Selections from Boris Godunov

The Great Classics

for: Concert band

Score, Parts

Item no.: 890051

189.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Antonín Dvořák, Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow

Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakov and More - Volume 5

Misc

for: Oboe

CD-ROM

Item no.: 1204401

25.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow

Dawn

for: Women's choir (SSAA) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 1093162

2.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow

Prelude and Polonaise

from the Opera The Night before Christmas

for: Concert band

Score, Parts

Item no.: 1000321

124.99 €plus shipping
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

None But The Longing Heart

Klassik

for: Voice, piano

Choir score

Item no.: 962124

10.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Scenes from Swan Lake

Music for String Orchestra

for: String orchestra

Score, Parts

Item no.: 814590

54.60 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sammy Fain

Once Upon A Dream (from "Sleeping Beauty")

F

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Piano/Voice/Guitar

Item no.: 1036806

4.80 €
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Dance of the Mirlitons

Lehrhilfsmittel

for: Klarinettentrio

Score, Parts

Item no.: 1107322

16.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Modest Mussorgsky

Without Sun

For Medium-Low Voice and Piano

for: Medium Low Voice and Piano

Book

Item no.: 169691

23.60 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Music to the Hymn To Joy CW 62

Band 1

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Score (with critical report)

Item no.: 772273

292.50 €plus shipping
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Alexander Borodin

Polovtsian Dances

for: Mixed choir (SATB); piano ad lib.

Choir score

Item no.: 920854

4.40 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Theme From Swan Lake

The Walsh Collection

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 587011

7.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Chanson Triste Op. 40 No. 2

Golden flute Series

for: Flute

Music score

Item no.: 971667

12.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Eugen Onegin – Libretto

English version

Lyric book

Item no.: 306846

10.55 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow

Flight of the bumblebee

Rubank Solo-Ensemble Sheet

for: Alto saxophone (E-flat)

Music score

Item no.: 1106839

9.70 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky Highlights

Great Classics

for: Concert band

Score

Item no.: 863138

21.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Finale from Symphony in F Minor No. 4

for: Concert band

Score, Parts

Item no.: 922539

146.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky

14 Original pieces with performing notes

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 1215742

18.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Modest Mussorgsky

Triumphal March

'Procession of the Princes' [from Mlada]

for: Concert band

Score

Item no.: 1208802

24.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow

Procession of Nobles

for Brass Quintet and Organ

for: Blechbläserquintett und Orgel

Score, Parts

Item no.: 957228

23.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Howard Ferguson

Album For The Young Op.39

Easier Piano Pieces 02

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 223468

8.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston

The Story Of A Starry Night

Bb

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Piano/Voice/Guitar

Item no.: 1045589

4.80 €
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