KM 016




Transcribed by Shinji Kasama

Grade 4

Duration 7:30


 01    1st Flute

 18     1st Trumpet

 33    Contra-Alto Clarinet in E-Flat [13]

 02    2nd Flute

 19     2nd Trumpet

 34    1st Horn in E-Flat [21]

 03    Oboe

 20     3rd Trumpet

 35    2nd Horn in E-Flat [22]

 04    English Horn

 21     1st Horn in F

 36    3rd Horn in E-Flat [23]

 05    1st Bassoon

 22     2nd Horn in F

 37    4th Horn in E-Flat [24]

 06    2nd Bassoon

 23     3rd Horn in F

 38    1st Trombone in B-Flat (B.C.) [25]

 07    E-Flat Clarinet

 24     4th Horn in F

 39    2nd Trombone in B-Flat (B.C.) [26]

 08    1st Clarinet

 25     1st Trombone

 40    Bass Trombone in B-Flat (B.C.) [27]

 09    2nd Clarinet

 26     2nd Trombone

 41    1st Trombone in B-Flat (T.C.) [25]

 10    3rd Clarinet

 27     3rd Trombone

 42    2nd Trombone in B-Flat (T.C.) [26]

 11    Alto Clarinet

 28     Euphonium

 43    Bass Trombone in B-Flat (T.C.) [27]

 12    Bass Clarinet

 29     Tuba

 44    Euphonium in B-Flat (B.C.) [28]

 13    Contrabass Clarinet in B-Flat

 30     String Bass

 45    Euphonium in B-Flat (T.C.) [28]

 14    Soprano Saxophone

 31     Timpani

 46    Tuba in E-Flat (B.C.) [29]

 15    Alto Saxophone

 32     Bells

 47    Tuba in E-Flat (T.C.) [29]

 16    Tenor Saxophone


 48    Tuba in B-Flat (B.C.) [29]

 17    Baritone Saxophone


 49    Tuba in B-Flat (T.C.) [29]


This tone picture, In the Steppes of Central Asia, is very popular for its beautiful melodies and colourful depiction of exotic Central Asia.  This transcription allows you to demonstrate the delicate orchestration and various timbre of the original orchestration with your wind orchestra or wind ensemble.


Besides oboe, either English horn or soprano saxophone is essential.  (Both instruments are preferred.)  From the beginning to the end, Borodin uses the high-pitched, fainted sound of violin harmonics in the original orchestra score to give the sense of a horizon far away.  In this transcription, the bells, out of their case, are played with two (cello or bass) bows by two players with one bow each.  If the bells can not be removed from their case, crotales with violin bows can be substituted, if available.  In either case, sustaining a long single note requires a special technique: Before the end of each stroke, the bow must be separated from the bar to let it ring, but before the sound fades, re-stroke in the opposite direction.  If bowing the bells (or crotales) is not practical for your band, the part can be substituted with electronic keyboard by playing two octaves higher than written.


Parts No. 3349 are transposed from the original parts which are indicated in brackets, with or without modification.

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