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Ein Volksfest

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. Ernst Rembach)


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Ein Volksfest translates from the German as Folk Festival


General Info

Year: 1955 / 1995
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Concert Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €75.00


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Errata

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Program Notes

Earning money as a piano player for silent films, Shostakovich had a love for movies and frequently composed soundtracks in addition to his major symphonies, concertos, and chamber works. The music for The Gadfly was completed and released in 1955, a year after Festive Overture. Often described as “Festive Light,” this movement from the orchestral suite features Shostakovich’s notorious hybrid of lyrical, flowing melodies overlapped with technical flourishes in the winds.

- Program Note by the Clear Creek High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 December 2013


The Gadfly (1955) was a highly successful film inside the Soviet Union, a sugary and entertaining drama based on a popular historical novel by the English writer Ethel Voynich. Published in 1897, it is set in 1840s Italy under the dominance of Austria, a time of tumult, revolt and uprisings. The story centers on the life of Arthur Burton. A tragic relationship between Arthur and his love, Gemma, simultaneously runs through the story. It is a story of faith, disillusionment, revolution, romance, and heroism. Folk Festival, from the orchestral suite, features Shostakovich’s notorious combination of lyrical, flowing melodies with technical flourishes in the winds.

- Program Note by the San Jose Wind Symphony concert program, 9 March 2014


In 1956, Levon Atovmyan arranged portions of Shostakovich’s Gadfly music into an orchestral suite. Folk Festival, from the orchestral suite, features Shostakovich’s notorious combination of lyrical, flowing melodies with technical flourishes in the winds. Listeners familiar with Stravinsky’s Petrushka know the madcap, frenetic activity of a Russian fair. Here, Shostakovich presents a Neapolitan carnival scene with a Russian/Soviet accent.

- Program Note from University of North Texas Concert Band concert program, 5 October 2016


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