Talk:The Tale of Tsar Saltan (opera) (Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay)

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Publication History

Initial publisher was V. Bessel & Co., St. Petersburg.

Complete Opera

Full score

  • St. Petersburg (Petrograd): Bessel, 1904. Plate 4882, 462 pages (lithographed from a manuscript)
Reprinted by Kalmus
  • Moscow: Muzgiz, 1957, ed. Anatoly Dmitriyev (1908–1978), plate M. 26100 G., xii+459, 406 pages
    Vol. 10 (a, b) of Polnoe Sobranie Sochinenii (complete works, issued 1946-70)
Reprinted by Belwin, 1979-84

Vocal score

  • St. Petersburg (Petrograd): Bessel, 1901. Plate 4849, 281 pages
Reprinted by Muzgiz in 1926, 1932, 1934 (with plate M. 6407 Г.)
  • "Revised Edition" Paris: Bessel, 1929. Plate W. 8366 B., 284 pages
  • Moscow: Muzgiz, n.d. (ca.1949). Plate M. 13193 Г., 343 pages (reissued 1988)
Reprinted by Kalmus (Well-Tempered Press)
  • Moscow: Muzgiz, 1957, ed. Anatoly Dmitriyev (1908–1978), xii+375 pages. (Vol. 38 of complete works)
Reprinted by Belwin, 1979-84

Музыкальные картинки = Tableaux musicaux (Suite), Op.57

Note: This suite consists of the orchestral introductions to Acts I, II, and Act IV, Tableau 2.

Full score

  • St. Petersburg (Petrograd): Bessel, 1901. Plate 4880, 71 pages
Reprinted by Kalmus
  • Moscow: Muzigiz, 1952. Plate M. 19613 Г., 156 pages
  • Moscow: Muzika, 1982, 167 pages

Piano 4 hands

  • St. Petersburg (Petrograd): Bessel, 1904, arr. Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova (1848-1919). Plates 4867-4869, 45 pages

Piano solo

  • St. Petersburg (Petrograd): Bessel, 1901. Plate 4849, 25 pages

Flight of the Bumblebee

This selection, known outside of the opera as "Flight of the Bumblebee" (Полёт шмеля), although not labeled as such in the score, ends the first scene of the third act, where the Swan sings over the music and constitutes by far the most well-known item from this opera. The music recurs in modified guise during the ensuing tableau of the opera (Act III, Scene 2).

This excerpt is NOT part of the Suite (Tableaux Musicaux), Op.57, although it is sometimes included during performances of the suite. The various arrangements listed in this publication history are the earliest ones only -- a mere fraction of those that exist now.

Orchestra

  • Paris: W. Bessel & Cie., 1931, arr. Joseph Strimer (1881-1962), 23 pages (full score)
  • New York: Carl Fischer, 1932 arr. F. Sevitzky. Plate 26270, 8 pages (full score - string orchestra)

Band

  • New York: Carl Fischer, 1933, arr. Gerardo Iasilli. Plate 26562-41, 9 pages (condensed score)
    US Military Band Journal, No. 318

Piano solo

  • Paris: W. Bessel & Cie., 1926, arr. Joseph Strimer (1881-1962). Plate W. 8285 B., 11 pages
  • London: Hawkes & Son, Ltd., 1928. Plate H. 15175, 5 pages
  • New York: E. B. Marks, 1930, arr. Paolo Gallico (1868-1955). Plate 9593-5, 5 pages
  • Boston: Boston Music Co., 1931, arr. Chester Wallis. Plate 8615-6, 6 pages
  • Boston: White-Smith Music Co., 1934, arr. Harry Lawson Heartz. Plate 16112-6, 7 pages
  • New York: G. Schirmer, 1934, arr. Harvey Enders, 7 pages

Violin / Piano

  • Paris: W. Bessel & Cie., 1925, arr. Arthur Martinus Hartmann (1881-19??). Plate W. 8161 B., 5+2 pages
  • New York: Carl Fischer, 1932, arr. Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), Ed. #2258. Plate 26253-7, 7+3 pages

Cello / Piano

  • Paris: W. Bessel & Cie., 1928, arr. Joseph Strimer (1881-1962). Plate W. 8358 B., 4+3 pages

Flute / Piano

  • Paris: W. Bessel & Cie., 1928, arr. Joseph Strimer (1881-1962). Plate W. 8358 B., 4+3 pages

Clarinet / Piano

  • Moscow: Muzgiz, 1931, arr. S. Rosanov. Plate #M. 7041 G.
  • New York: Carl Fischer, 1933, arr. Gerardo Iasilli. Plate 26496-15, 7+3 pages (also for Cornet, Saxophone, etc.)
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