Mussorgsky : Hopak from Sorochyntsi Fair (Arranged for Brass quintet)

Product Code : Mussorgsky_01
The Fair at Sorochyntsi is a comic opera in three acts that was composed between 1874 and 1880 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mussorgsky also wrote the libretto, which is based on Nikolai Gogol's short story of the same name, from his early collection of Ukrainian stories “Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka”. The opera remained unfinished and unperformed by the time of Mussorgsky's death in 1881. He worked on the opera between 1874 and 1880, in competition with his work on Khovanshchina and both were incomplete at the time of his death. He Incorporated some of the music of the Night on Bald Mountain as a dream sequence involving the hero, and this was a late addition to the scenario, even though such an episode is not suggested by the original story. Although Mussorgsky managed to complete some numbers and even some of the orchestration, significant portions of the scenario were left without any music at all or only in bare sketches. Several subsequent composers and editors played partial or maximal roles in bringing the work into a performable state including César Cui, Nikolai Tcherepnin, and Vissarion Shebalin. The first staged performance, with spoken sections, took place on 8 October 1913 in Moscow. The first of several fully sung versions finally reached the stage in 1917.
In our view, the Hopak is a very good and performable work that has surprisingly not been made available for brass ensemble until now.
We would class this technically as fairly easy although it does get quite high in places for the 1st trumpet.
No. of Players : 5 Difficulty : Fairly Easy Arranged by : Mark Leigh
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In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.
Hopak from Sorochyntsi Fair (Arranged for Brass quintet)
Price : £20