By Reinhold Gliere (1875-1956) Transcribed for band by Erik Leidzen.
The Red Poppy was a ballet written for the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in 1927, by Ukrainian-born Reinhold Gliere. The ballet tells the story of the up-rising of Chinese workers in a seaport, a Russian captain who tries to help, and a young woman worker who falls in love with him. Gliere uses many of his native folk tunes in the ballet, the most famous of which is the Sailors Dance. Based on a folk song known as Yablochka (little angel), the piece is a theme and variations that gains speed and energy as it reaches its conclusion.