BALLYGOWAN FLUTE BAND
He was also one of “The Five” major Russian composers which included Borodin and Mussorgsky -
He had a phenomenal musical output at least three of which have been played by our Flute Bands – Capriccio Espagnol (based on Spanish folk themes -
Capriccio Eespagnol (Rimsky-
This orchestral suite is based on Spanish folk melodies, and the composer hailed it as a brilliant composition for the orchestra. In his own words, it had melodies, figures, timbres, cadenzas and Spanish dances to suit every instrument.
It was chosen for the 1988 World Championship in which Ballygowan finished runners up for the first time since 1946. The Band was to win the Own Choice Contest in February 1990 with the same David Heaney arrangement.
Russian Easter Festival Overture (Nikolai Rimsky-
There is a strong religious component and many of the tunes come from Russian Orthodox liturgical chants. On the other hand, the composer also included the heathen/pagan celebrations of Easter Sunday morning. It has been described as a narrative of a Russian Easter day.