(1865 - 1936)
Symphonic Poem (1885)
Stenka Razin, publicly executed in 1671, was a Don Cossack who led a peasant rebellion over the previous four years from an outpost near the Volga river. Among his exploits, which became enshrined in folk legend, were acts of river piracy, and the defeat of a Persian fleet sent against him on the Caspian Sea. In this youthful work, the composer quotes the famous folk tune “Song of the Volga Boatmen”. The excerpt heard here has often been likened to Borodin’s famous tune in his Polovetsian Dances, which all CYS students know well!