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Procession of Nobles

(1892)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composer

Procession of Nobles depicts the formal entrance of local nobility into a lavish reception. During the season of 1869-1870, the director of the Imperial Theater of St. Petersburg conceived the idea of staging an elaborate opera ballet based on a subject from Slavic mythology. For this work, to be known as Mlada, he commissioned music from the Russian School of composition. Although the project was never realized, twenty years later Rimsky-Korsakov decided to use the subject for an opera ballet of his own. His Mlada was begun in 1889, and produced at the Marinsky Theater in 1892.

—Richard Franko Goldman

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