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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;
Николай Римский-Корсаков Заплетися плетень

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.

Serenade by Sergei Taneyev

Sergei Taneyev Afanasy Fet Transliteration Russian Mixed chorus Four voices Classical Musica Russica
Choral Score $1.95; Link to Full Score; Audio Diction CD;
1877 Duration: 2:00;
Сергей Танеев Афанасий Фет Серенада

Composer(s) Sergei Taneyev; Author(s) Of Lyrics Afanasy Fet; In Transliteration, Russian; For Mixed chorus ; Style/Genre Classical; Publisher Musica Russica;

Sergei Taneyev (1856–1915) was a great Russian master of counterpoint and a great musical poet of Romantic sentiment. In this early miniature, written when he was only 21 years old, he already demonstrates his mastery of the composer’s craft, fashioning a gentle, but evocative lullaby in which a mother lovingly hushes her infant to sleep through beautiful images of nature. Simple and effective, this piece is eminently accessible to choirs of all levels. (Interestingly, though secular, it was included in Volume III of the Hearts of Space CD anthology Sacred Treasures.)