Batterie from "The Nose"

From Wind Repertory Project
Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. William A. Schaefer)

General Info

Year: 1928 / 1978
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.


Full Score
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gongs (pitched)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-toms
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Nose was Dmitri Shostakovich’s first opera, a satire inspired by the story with the same title by Nikolai Gogol. The rather absurd plot line tells the unlikely tale of a St. Petersburg official whose nose leaves him and begins a life of its own.

Between scenes three and four of the opera, Shostakovich composed a percussive entr’acte entitled Intermezzo. The four-minute interlude includes exclusively percussive elements, requiring nine performers and incorporating traditional percussion instruments: snare drum, bass drum, triangle, tambourine, castanets, concert toms, suspended cymbal, crash cymbals, and several pitched gongs. The work is composed in A-B-A form, with the first section culminating in an extended snare drum roll. The metric feel shifts smoothly into triple meter in the B section, and the work builds momentum through the addition of all instruments and an increase in volume through a sudden and unexpected conclusion of silence.

There is speculation that this operatic entr’acte may be considered the first or one of the first known percussion ensembles. The absence of additional instrumental or vocal contributions during the four-minute interlude lends credibility to this conjecture. The work predates Ionization by Edgard Varése (historically regarded as the first known percussion ensemble) by three years.

- Program Notes by Jade Sparks for the Marcus High School Wind Symphony


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Waltz No. 2 (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Brown) (post 1956/2021)

All Wind Works


  • Shostakovich, D.; Schaefer, W. (1978). The Batterie: From the Opera "The Nose" [score]. Shawnee Press: Delaware Water Gap, Pa.