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Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: No bunnies were harmed in the writing of this composition.

The traditional Russian name for Easter is “Bright Holiday”, a name that goes back to an age of paganism and early Christianity in the country. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov was fascinated with this particular time period and set out to compose a piece that depicted both cultures and their celebration of the holiday. The result was his Russian Easter Overture. Most of the themes Rimsky-Korsakov incorporates in the piece are directly taken from Russian Orthodox liturgical music while also depicting pagan celebrations of the past. For its premiere in 1888, Rimsky-Korsakov dedicated the work to two friends and colleagues from the “Mighty Handful” who had recently passed on: Modest Mussorgsky and Alexander Borodin.

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Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Lazarev, cond. — The Golden Cockerel/Capriccio Espagnol/Russian Easter Festival/The Tsar's Bride (Elektra / Wea, 1994)
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Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Lazarev, cond. — The Golden Cockerel/Capriccio Espagnol/Russian Easter Festival/The Tsar's Bride (Elektra / Wea, 1994)
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