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The Wicket Fence by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Mixed chorus Four voices Folk Musica Russica
Choral Score $1.95; Link to Full Score; Audio Diction CD;
Opus 19, #III-3;
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Composer(s) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; In Russian; For Mixed chorus ; Style/Genre Folk; Publisher Musica Russica;

As one of the “Mighty Five” group of Russian nationalist composers, Rimsky-Korsakov was an avid student and collector of Russian folk songs. “The Wicket Fence” is a springtime village ritual dance (horovod), also known as an “ornamental line-dance” (ornamental’nïy horovod). In this dance, the line of dancers, following the somewhat non-sensical text of the song, weaves through itself, winding into a tight circle and then unwinding back into a line. Besides being an effective multi-cultural program closer for a choir of any level, this piece, like Rimsky-Korsakov’s “With a Wreath I Stroll,” makes a great addition to the literature for the young and developing chorus.


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