Symphony No. 1 (Rimsky-Korsakov)

The symphony es-Moll/e-Moll op.1 is the first symphony by Nikolai Rimsky -Korsakov. It was built in the time of 1861 - 1865 and was first performed on 19 December 1865 in Saint Petersburg. The plant has a playing time of about 26 minutes.


The symphony is divided into four sets:

Origin and history

Rimsky -Korsakov had already created some designs on upcoming works, when he the composer Balakirev, in which he sought self compositional Council expressed this. This suggested to him to implement the plans to it minor Symphony in reality. Rimsky -Korsakov, then 17 years old, this seemed to be a hopeless task, he had not even the theoretical conditions in the necessary extent. Using Balakirev he now began to write the symphony, with Balakirev took over the top of orchestration, with the Rimsky -Korsakov hard did. After a few months of the first movement, the finale, and the Scherzo were largely completed.

The work was interrupted by a two and a half year break, as Rimsky-Korsakov had to complete his officer training undertake a sea voyage and Balakirev travel to the Caucasus. 1865 was Rimsky-Korsakov eventually complete the symphony. On 19 December 1865, the first performance took place at the Free School of Music in St Petersburg.

In the spring of 1884, Rimsky- Korsakov revised his Symphonic strong and comprehensive, and transposed the entire work in the key of E minor.


Rimsky- Korsakov and his Symphony created a stir and were mostly well received. César Cui described the work as "the first Russian symphony", partly because of the use of the folk song "Pro tatarskij Polon " in the Andante. In this set was produced by Peter Tchaikovsky especially the " freshness of the pure harmonic twists Russian " praised.