Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov – Caucasian Sketches: Suite No. 1, Op. 1

Arthur Fagen and National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

  • I. In a Mountain Pass. Allegro moderato – Moderato assai – Tempo I
  • II. In a Village. Larghetto – Allegretto grazioso – Tempo I
  • III. In a Mosque. Adagietto
  • IV. Procession of the Sardar. Allegro moderato. Tempo marziale[2]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:


Caucasian Sketches, Suite No. 1, Op. 10 (Russian: Кавказские эскизы, Сюита №1) is an orchestral suite composed in 1894 and one of the most representative works by Russian composer Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov. Its final movement, entitled Procession of the Sardar (French: Cortège du Sardar; also popularly known as March of the Sardar orSardar’s March), is often heard by itself, and is a favorite of pops concerts.

Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, student of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, graduated from the St. Petersburg conservatory in 1885. He secured for himself the directorship of the orchestra ofTbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and spent up to seven years learning about Georgian folk music. Some of the style and melodies of that region are included in his Caucasian Sketches.[1] It is dedicated to I. Pitoéff, at that time President of the Russian Musical Society on Tiflis.

This orchestral suite consists of four movements, namely:

The suite begins with a vibrant piece, In a Mountain Pass, which is characterized by a steady ambitious beat suggesting the steep Caucasus Mountains. The second movement,In a Village, begins with a slow tempo and, after a cadenza, gains a steady beat and becomes more vibrant near the end, when after a second cadenza, slows its tempo down again. The title of a third, In a Mosque, reflects the abundance of mosques in the once Turkish Caucausus and Circassian regions, and the listener can hear the Muezzin’s call to prayer in the music. The most famous and admired portion is the final piece, Procession of the Sardar, a Persian title for a military commander, leader or dignitary.

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One response to “Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov – Caucasian Sketches: Suite No. 1, Op. 1

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