List of compositions by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

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Portrait of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov by Valentin Serov (1898).

The following is a working list of compositions by the composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (born 1844).

  • In keeping with the Anglophone nature of, titles of overall works are supplied in English, unless the non-Russian original is distinctive in some way. Russian titles are added where helpful and applicable. Years given refer to the composition dates, not publishing dates.
  • Complete listings of individual numbers within a larger work are not given, although certain well-known selections are cited. For important vocal selections within an opera, go to the Wikipedia article for that opera, listed below and on the Wikipedia category-page for Rimsky-Korsakov's operas.

(Note: only completed works are listed below.)


  • The Maid of Pskov (Псковитянка = Pskovitjanka), 1868-1872 (1st version), 1876-1877 (2nd version), 1891-1892 (3rd version)
  • Mlada (Млада), 1872 (portions of Acts II and III from project composed collectively by Borodin, Cui, Minkus, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov)
  • May Night (Майская ночь = Majskaja noch’), 1878-1879
  • The Snow Maiden (Снегурочка = Sneguročka), 1880-1881 (1st version), ca. 1895 (2nd version)
  • Mlada (Млада), 1889-1890 (complete setting of unstaged collaborative project from 1872)
  • Christmas Eve (Ночь перед Рождеством = Noč' pered Roždestvom), 1894-1895
  • Sadko (Садко), 1895-1896
  • Mozart and Salieri (Моцарт и Сальери = Mocart i Sal'eri), Op. 48, 1897
  • The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga (Боярыня Вера Шелога = Bojarynja Vera Šeloga), Op. 54, 1898
  • The Tsar's Bride (Царская невеста = Carskaja nevesta), 1898
  • The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of His Son, the Famous and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the Beautiful Princess Swan (Сказка о царе Салтане, о сыне его, славном и могучем богатыре князе Гвидоне Салтановиче и о прекрасной Царевне Лебеди = Skazka o care Saltane, o syne ego, slavnom i mogučem bogatyre knjaze Gvidone Saltanoviče i o prekrasnoj Carevne Lebedi), 1899-1900
  • Servilia (Сервилия = Servilija), 1900-1901
  • Kashchey the Immortal (Кащей бессмертный = Kaščej bessmertnyj), 1901-1902
  • Pan Voyevoda (Пан воевода = Pan vojevoda; literally, The Gentleman Provincial Governor), 1902-1903
  • The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya (Сказание о невидимом граде Китеже и деве Февронии = Skazanie o nevidimom grade Kiteže i deve Fevronii), 1903-1904
  • The Golden Cockerel (Золотой петушок = Zolotoj petušok), 1906-1907

Choral music[edit]

Sacred choral[edit]

(all a cappella)

  • "Thee, O God, We Praise" ("Тебе Бога хвалим"), for double chorus, 1883
  • Collection of Sacred Musical Compositions by N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Used at the Imperial Court. Four-Voice Compositions from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 22, 1883; contains 8 pieces
  • Collection of Sacred Musical Arrangements by N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Used at the Imperial Court, Op. 22b, 1884; contains 6 hymns based on chant melodies
  • Collection of Sacred Musical Compositions and Arrangements by N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov for Mixed Chorus, 1883–1884; contains 23 pieces, published posthumously in 1913

Secular choral[edit]

(a cappella unless otherwise indicated)

  • Two Choruses, Op. 13, for three women's parts, 1874
  • Four Variations and a Fughetta on the Russian Folksong "Надоели ночи", Op. 14, for four women's parts with piano or harmonium ad lib. 1874
  • Six Choruses, Op. 16, variously for mixed, women's, and men's voices, 1875–1876
  • Two Choruses, Op. 18/22, for mixed voices, 1876
  • Four Choruses, Op. 23, for three men's parts with piano ad lib., 1876
  • Poem about Alexei, Man of God, Op. 20, for altos, tenors, and bass (voice type) with orchestra, 1878
  • Fifteen Russian Folksongs, Op. 19, for mixed voices, 1879
  • "Glory" ("Слава" = "Slava"), Op. 21, for mixed voices with orchestra, 1879–1890
  • Two Choruses, for children's voices, 1884
  • Switezianka, Op. 44, cantata for soprano and tenor soloists and mixed voices with orchestra, 1897
  • Song of Oleg the Wise, Op. 58, cantata for tenor and bass soloists and men's voices with orchestra, 1899
  • From Homer, Op. 60, prelude-cantata for soprano, mezzo-soprano, and alto soloists and women's voices with orchestra, 1901

Orchestral and band music[edit]

Works for symphony orchestra[edit]

  • Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1, 1861-1865 (1st version), 1884 (2nd version)
  • Overture on Three Russian Themes, op. 28 1866 (1st version), 1879–1880 (2nd version)
  • Fantasy on Serbian Themes, Op. 6 1867 (1st version), 1886–1887 (2nd version); also called Serbian Fantasy
  • Sadko, Op. 5, musical tableau, 1867 (1st version), 1869 (2nd version), 1891-1892 (3rd version)
  • Antar, Op. 9, 1868 (1st version), 1875 (2nd version), 1897 (3rd version), 1903 (amended 2nd version published by Bessel). Originally designated "Symphony No. 2," he later reclassified it a "symphonic suite." (See Rimsky-Korsakov, My Musical Life, 92.)
  • Symphony No. 3 in C, Op. 32, 1866-1873 (1st version), 1886 (2nd version)
  • Music to Mei's drama The Maid of Pskov, suite of five numbers, 1877 (adapted from the opera as incidental music)
  • Fairytale [Сказка = Skazka], Op. 29, 1879–1880
  • Sinfonietta on Russian Themes in A minor, Op. 31, 1879–1884; adaptation of first three movements from string quartet of 1878-1879
  • Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34, 1887, (Based mainly on Asturian traditional folk music themes)
  • Scheherazade, Op. 35, symphonic suite, 1888
  • Russian Easter Festival Overture (Светлый праздник), Op. 36, 1888
  • Theme and Variation No. 4, 1903, from collective set of variations on a Russian theme, with Artsybushev, Vitols, Lyadov, Sokolov, and Glazunov
  • On the Tomb, Op. 61, prelude, 1904, in memory of M.P. Belaieff
  • "Dubinushka", Op. 62, 1905 (1st version), 1906 (2nd version with choral parts ad lib.)
  • "Greeting" ["Здравица"], 1907, for Glazunov
  • Neapolitan Song [i.e., "Funiculi, funicula"], Op. 63, 1907

Opera excerpts for orchestral concerts[edit]

Solo instrumental music with orchestra or band[edit]


Romances, other art songs and duets[edit]

(Note: To view texts to many of Rimsky-Korsakov's songs, see the Rimsky-Korsakov page at the Lied and Art Song Texts site. The following are for solo voice with piano accompaniment unless otherwise indicated.)

  • Butterfly [Бабочка = Babochka], duet, 1855
  • Come out to me, signora [Выходи ко мне, синьора = Vykhodi ko mne, sin'ora], 1861
  • In the blood burns the fire of desire [В крови горит огонь любви = V krovi gorit ogon' ljubvi], 1865 (current provenance unknown)
  • Four Songs, Op. 2, 1865–1866
    • 3. Lullaby from the drama The Maid of Pskov [Колыбельная песня из драмы Псковитянка = Kolybel'naja pesnja iz dramy Pskovitjanka]; incorporated later into the opera The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga
  • Four Songs, Op. 3, 1866
  • Four Songs, Op. 4, 1866
  • Four Songs, Op. 7, 1867
  • Six Songs, Op. 8, 1868-1870
  • Two Songs, Op. 25, 1870
  • Four Songs, Op. 26, 1882
  • Four Songs, Op. 27, 1883
  • Four Songs, Op. 39, 1897
  • Four Songs, Op. 40, 1897
  • Four Songs, Op. 41, 1897
  • Four Songs, Op. 42, 1897
  • In Spring [Весной], Op. 43, 1897 (four songs)
  • To the Poet [Поэту], Op. 45, 1897-1899 (five songs)
  • By the Sea [У моря], Op. 46, 1897 (five songs)
  • Two Duets, Op. 47, for mezzo-soprano and baritone or soprano and tenor, 1897
  • Two Songs, Op. 49, for bass, 1882–1897
  • Four Songs, Op. 50, 1897–1898
  • Five Songs, Op. 51, 1898
  • Two Duets, Op. 52, 1897–1898
  • Dragonflies [Стрекозы], Op. 53, for three sopranos, 1897
  • Four Songs, Op. 55, for tenor, 1897–1898
  • Two Songs, Op. 56, for soprano, 1898

Folksong collections[edit]

  • Collection of One Hundred Russian Folksongs, Op. 24, 1875–1876
  • Forty Folksongs, 1875–1882

Chamber music[edit]

  • String Quartet in F, Op. 12, 1875
  • String Sextet in A, for pairs of violins, violas, and violoncellos, 1876
  • Quintet in B-flat, for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and piano, 1876
  • String Quartet on Russian Themes, 1878–1879
    • First three movements later adapted for Sinfonietta, Op. 31
    • Remaining fourth movement has title "In a Monastery" ["В монастыре"] (version for piano four-hands is entitled "In a Church")
  • Four Variations on a Chorale in G minor, for string quartet, 1885
  • String Quartet "B-la-F", 1st movement, 1886; other movements by Lyadov, Glazunov, and Borodin
  • String Quartet Jour de fête [Именины], finale ("Round-Dance" ["Хоровод"]), 1887; other movements by Glazunov and Lyadov
  • Nocturne in F, for four horns, ca. 1888
  • Two Duets in F, for two horns, 1883?-1894?
  • Canzonetta and Tarantella, for two clarinets, 1883?-1894?
  • Serenade, for violoncello and piano, 1893; also orchestrated as Op. 37
  • String Quartet in G, 1897
  • Trio in C minor, for violin, violoncello, and piano, 1897; completed by his son-in-law Maximilian Steinberg in 1939
  • Theme and Variation No. 4 in G major, for string quartet, 1898; for collaborative Variations on a Russian Theme ("Надоели ночи надоскучили"), with Artsybushev, Skriabin, Glazunov, Lyadov, Vitols, Blumenfeld, Ewald, Winkler, and Sokolov
  • Allegro in B-flat, for string quartet, 1899, for the collaborative set of string quartet pieces entitled Les vendredis, with Glazunov, Artsybushev, Sokolov, Lyadov, Vitols, Osten-Sacken, Blumenfeld, Borodin, and Kopylov

Piano music[edit]

  • Six Variations on the theme BACH, Oр. 10, 1878 (Waltz, Intermezzo, Scherzo, Nocturne, Prelude and Fugue)
  • Four Pieces, Oр. 11, 1876-1877 (Impromptus, Novelette, Scherzino, Etude)
  • Three Pieces, Oр. 15, 1875–1876 (Waltz, Romance, Fugue)
  • Six Fugues, Op. 17, 1875
  • Two Pieces, Oр. 38, 1894-1897 (Prelude-Impromptu, Mazurka)
  • Variations (Nos. 1, 2, 6, 11, 3, 16 and 19) and Pieces (Lullaby, Little Fugue on the theme BACH, Tarantella, Minuet, Bells [Трезвон — Trezvon], Comic Fugue) from a collaborative paraphrase to the constant theme, 1878 (without opus no)
  • Fugues and Fughettas, 1875–1876 (without opus no)
  • Allegretto in C major, 1895 (without opus no)
  • Prelude in G major, 1896 (without opus no)
  • Theme and 1st variation from collaborative variations to the Russian theme, 1899 (without opus no)
  • Fugue in C major for 4 hands (also: transcription in 2 hands), 1875 (without opus no)
  • Variations to the theme by Misha, c.1878-1879 (without opus no)
  • Song [Песенка = Pesenka] (Andantino) from the army collection Arzunkner, 1901 (without opus no)
  • Finale of the collective Joke-Quadrille for 4 hands, 1890 (without opus no)

Editing or completion of works by others[edit]

Alexander Borodin[edit]

César Cui[edit]

  • William Ratcliff. Orchestrated several passages for first performance in 1869.

Alexander Dargomyzhsky[edit]

Mikhail Glinka[edit]

Modest Mussorgsky[edit]


  • Rimsky-Korsakov, N.A. The Complete Sacred Choral Works. Monuments of Russian Sacred Music, Series III. Madison, CT: Musica Russica, 1999.
  • _______. Полное собрание сочинений [Complete [sic] Collection of Works]. Москва, 1946-1970. (Reprinted by Kalmus/Belwin Mills.)
  • Walker, Marina Frolova, "'Rimsky-Korsakov: (1) Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov", Grove Music Online (subscription required), (Accessed 8 December 2005)

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