Dance of the Jesters, from The Snow Maiden – Rimsky-Korsakov (viola cello duo)
Title: Dance of the Jesters, from the opera The Snow Maiden
Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Viola and Cello
Printout: 4 pages
Note: In the limited repertory for viola and cello, this arrangement is a stand-out. It’s rollicking, racing and tumbling lines are evocative of acrobatic clowns, and it is sure to appeal to a wide array of listeners. Challenging to play, but worth the extra effort, it’s a great choice for celebratory events or light concert performance.
The audio sample includes the two primary themes.