Saturday, October 24, 2015

Chernomor’s March

"Chernomor’s March" comes from the Russian composer Mikhail Glinka’s setting of the 1842 opera, Ruslan and Lyudmila, based upon the famous mock epic poem of the same name by Alexandr Pushkin, in which Chernomor is an old dwarf with a long white beard who is also an evil sorcerer. Arranged for symphonic wind ensemble by Concord Band clarinetist Jerry Vabulas, the march portrays an individual (Chernomor) and his profound sense of self-importance. Beginning with a pompous opening motive that repeats many times, each restatement says the same thing over and over, just a little louder each time. (Source: JRO)

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