The Capture of Kars (Взятие Карса)
Category: Brass Band
Duration: 5' 45"
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A work with many titles! This comes from the difficulty of translating “torzhestvenniy” which means both solemn and triumphal. Mussorgsky was rather disorganised and much of his work was finished by others, so this march exists in several different versions of which this a combination. The capture of the Ottoman fortress of Kars in 1877 was the decisive victory of the last Russo-Turkish war, and Mussorgsky’s celebration of it is genuinely patriotic.
The arrangement was originally written for a band with a large percussion section, but the important elements can be handled by a single player.
Includes parts for F horns and bass clef parts for all the lower brass.
Also available for ten-piece.