In 1887 Rimsky-Korsakov wrote one of his most brilliant compositions, the Capriccio espagnol. It is based on a draft Fantasia on Spanish Themes for violin and orchestra, so that therefore also explains the importance of the part of the solo violin.
Designed in 1866. With the instrumentation started on 12th June 1867. The work completed on the evening of St. John‘s Day on June 23, 1867 – so the first score of Modest Mussorgsky keeps the stations of the creation of the work A Night on the Bare Mountain fixed.
The Polovtsian Dances, or Polovetsian Dances form an exotic scene at the end of Act II of Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. The work remained unfinished when the composer died in 1887, although he had worked on it for more than a decade. A performing version was prepared by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov, appearing in 1890. Several other versions, or “completions,” of the opera have been made. The dances are performed with chorus and last between 11 and 14 minutes. They occur in Act I or Act II, depending on which version of the opera is being used. Their music is popular and sometimes given in concert as an orchestral showpiece.