In the Steppes of Central Asia


Borodin, A


6 mins 20 secs


2 Piccolos (one changing to flute). Principal flute, 3 other flutes, oboe, cor anglais, Principal clarinet, 3 other clarinets, 2/3 bassoons, 2 alto saxes, tenor sax baritone sax, 2 French Horns, Principal trumpet, 3 other trumpets, flugel horn, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium and tuba, timpani, String bass





Alexander Borodin, 1833 – 1887, was a doctor and chemist by occupation, practicing music only in his spare time. He, like Mussorgsky, was a member of the ‘five’ who brought Russian music to the fore, developing a unique style. He was also a great educator and founded a School of Medicine for Women. Whilst his work in the field of organic chemistry is of great note, musically his two symphonies, string quartets and this, the Symphonic poem, In the Steppes of Central Asia are the pieces that are generally known and highly thought of. This windband arrangement closely follows the quiet start and finish being traditionally the sighting of a camel train in the distance, it drawing near and then fading, once more, into the distance.

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