rimski korsakov

I’ve seen a lot of curious people wanting to dive into classical music but don’t know where to start, so I have written out a list of pieces to listen to depending on mood. I’ve only put out a few, but please add more if you want to. hope this helps y’all out. :)

stereotypical delightful classical music:

if you need to chill:

if you need to sleep:

if you need to wake up:

if you are feeling very proud:

if you feel really excited:

if you are angry and you want to take a baseball bat and start hitting a bush:

if you want to cry for a really long time:

if you want to feel like you’re on an adventure:

if you want chills:

if you want to study:

if you really want to dance:

if you want to start bouncing in your chair:

if you’re about to pass out and you need energy:

if you want to hear suspense within music:

if you want a jazzy/classical feel:

if you want to feel emotional with no explanation:

if you want to sit back and have a nice cup of tea:

pieces that don’t really have a valid explanation:

pieces that just sound really cool:

if you feel like listening to concertos all day (I do not recommend doing that):

and if you really just hate classical music in general:

a lot of these pieces apply in multiple categories, but I sorted them by which I think they match the most. have fun exploring classical music!

also, thank you to viola-ology, iwillsavemyworld, shayshay526, eternal-cadenza, tropicalmunchakoopas, shadowraven45662, and thelonecomposer for adding on! if you would like to add on your own suggestions, please reblog and add on or message me so I can give you credit for the suggestion!

The Best Solos
  • Piccolo: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. 3
  • Flute: Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals, Aviary
  • Oboe: Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite, Serenata
  • English Horn: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8, Mvmt. 1
  • E-Flat Clarinet: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Mvmt. 2
  • B-Flat Clarinet: Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Bass Clarinet: Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
  • Bassoon: Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade, Mvmt. 2
  • Contrabassoon: Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • French Horn: R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche
  • Trumpet: Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 1
  • Trombone: R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • Tuba: Gershwin: An American in Paris
  • Percussion: Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis, Mvmt. 2
  • Violin: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 2
  • Viola: Brahms: Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. 2
  • Cello: Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 2
  • Double Bass: Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals, L'Elephant

Снегу́рочка (The Snow Maiden)

50 in x of animated feature film history
Release: 1952
Country: Soviet Union
Director: Ivan Ivanov-Vano, Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya

“The Snow Maiden is based on the Slavic-pagan play of the same name by Aleksandr Ostrovsky (itself largely based on traditional folk tales). Music from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Snow Maiden is used, arranged for the film by L. Shvarts.

Snegurochka––The Snow Maiden––is the daughter of Spring the Beauty (Весна-Красна) and Ded Moroz (Father Frost), and yearns for the companionship of mortal humans. She grows to like a shepherd named Lel, but her heart is unable to know love, not helped by the fact that Lel claims to love her one moment and abandons her the next. Her mother takes pity and gives her the ability to love, but as soon as she falls in love, her heart warms and she melts, happy to have known love.”


The Snow Maiden is available on YouTube with English subtitles.

George Barbier, Vaslav Nijinsky as the Golden Slave and Ida Rubinstein in Scheherazade, Paris, 1910.

Schéhérazade is a ballet in one act with choreography by Michael Fokine, libretto by Benois, music by Rimsky-Korsakov and design by Leon Bakst. Premiered 4 June 1910 by Sergei Diaghilev Ballets Russes at the Paris Opera.


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (18 March 1844 – 21 June 1908)

Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five. He was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral compositions—Capriccio Espagnol, the Russian Easter Festival Overture, and the symphonic suite Scheherazade—are staples of the classical music repertoire, along with suites and excerpts from some of his 15 operas. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: 1. Frontispiece “Rimsky-Korsakof From a portrait by Serof” from Rimsky-Korsakof By M. Montagu-Nathan. New York: Duffield and Company, 1917.  2. Spine detail from My Musical Life. Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakoff. Translated from the Revised Second Russian Edition by Judah A. Joffe. Edited with an Introduction by Carl Van Vechten. New York: Tudor Publishing Co., 1936.

my friends have trouble pronouncing composers names like this is literally them:

Sergei Rachmaninoff - Surgay Ratchet-man-it-off
Igor Stravinsky - Iggy Azalea (she gave up)
Fryderyk Chopin - Fryderyk Showpin
Franz Liszt - Franz Lips
Johann Sebastian Bach - Joe-Han Sebastian BATCH
Mortiz Moszkowski - More-tits Motes-cow-skis
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Ponyo ily<3ick Chism-microscope
Sergei Prokofiev - Surgay Pro-ko-go-mo-fiv
Dmitri Shostakovich - Dimehhhh-tree Shushee-Claustrophobic
Claude Debussy - Claude Debussy (omfg she said it right wow)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - E. coli Skimpy-Caw-sip-cough
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - Modest Petrovich Must-orgy-sky
Camille Saint-Saëns - Chameleon Saint-Science
Antonìn Dvoràk - Anthill Door-rack
Franz Schubert - Franz Schubert (another one wow)
Robert Alexander Schumann - Robert Alexander Shoeman
Isaac Albeniz - Isaac Albinos

this was my other friend:

Sergei Rachmaninoff - SereGEE Ratch man-it-off
Igor Stravinsky - Eager Stravinsky
Fryderyk Chopin - Frederic Chopping-ya-fingers-off
Franz Liszt - Friends Listszenschn…
Johann Sebastian Bach - John-hand Sebastian Bitch
Mortiz Moszkowski - Mortzee Moszkowski
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Pie-otter Lillich um.. tuchachchofcvkick
Sergei Prokofiev - Segree Pro-co-files
Dmitri Shostakovich - Dmitri Shot-Akovich
Claude Debussy - Claude Deeee-pussy
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Nikolai Rimsky-Kuhhrrsuck-off
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - Modest Pet-yo-fish Must-org-ski
Camille Saint-Saëns - Camille Saint-Seals
Antonìn Dvoràk - Antonion Dora-quacky
Franz Schubert - France Sherbert
Robert Alexander Schumann - Robert Alexander Schumann (wow)
Isaac Albeniz - I-suck Al-pins

Portrait of soprano Mattiwilda Dobbs as Queen Shemakhan in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, “Le coq d'or.” Stamped on back: “Photograph by Helga Sharland, 40 St. Margarets Rd., Edgware, Middx. Phone: STO. 7864.” Handwritten on back: “Mattiwilda Dobbs.” 1954.

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

~The Piano Guys - Indiana Jones Score//Scheherazade~

Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873)
“Barbe Dmitrievna Mergassov Madame Rimsky-Korsakov” (1864)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

Tamara Karsavina as Zobeida in Scheherazade. Photo by E.O. Hoppe, 1911.

Choreography by Mikhail Fokine. Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Costumes by Léon Bakst inspired a fashion for harem pants, turbans and floor cushions.

Tamara Platonovna Karsavina (1885-1978) was a famous Russian ballerina, renowned for her beauty, who was most noted as a Principal Artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and later the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev.