Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1844-1908 born in Tikhvin, Russia


Our Lady of Tikhvin, inspired Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is important to our monastic life as he was directed by the Tikhvin Ikon of the Holy Mother of God.  Born in Tikhvin, Russia in 1844, young Nikolai was frequent to the Tikhvin Monastery and Holy Dormition Monastery Church across the river from his family home in Tikhvin, Russia..  In his  music offerings and writings we hear direct quotes from the Russian Orthodox Liturgical Services, as in Rimsky-Korsakov's EASTER OVERTURE,  "Let God Arise, and let His enemies be scattered, Psalm 68 (67).  These opening notes  of the Easter Overture  are heralded in by a solo trombonist.

Today, orchestra auditions list this trombone solo of Rimsky-Korsakov's Easter Overture as a frequently requested solo passage they want to hear in how you handle  it.  Close attention need given in performance of the rubato and chant like feeling for it, as it 'stands outside of time' and differs  from  time  as a  rhythmical clock.  

Music Theory Courses available

We dedicate our work in Music Theory to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.  We bring you samples on this page. Coming are additional resources for purchase   At that time you will Go to the cart to purchase related Music study classes, Audio CD's, Rimsky-Korsakov Musical Scores, Teaching Packets, Videos and more

Principles of Orchestration

In my college years after high school I studied Orchestration using this text by Rimsky Korsakov.   The music principles remain valid today.  This book how to best handle instrument voicing.  As we go along and in our courses we will be giving attention to these elements of instrument chose, range, and ideas for substitution for film and by choice for the group you are arranging to have play. 

May Night - Rimsky-Korsakov

RK May Night Largo Flute Solo (wav)


RK May Night Largo Flute Solo (pdf)


Polish Themes - Rimsky-Korsakov

RK Mazurka 4 Polish Themes (wav)


RK Mazurka 4 Polish Themes (pdf)


Rimsky-Korsakov Christmas Eve