Italian Polka (arr Leidzen)

From Wind Repertory Project
Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff (arr. Erik Leidzén)

General Info

Year: 1941 / 1969
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Shawnee Press, through [ Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This engaging little work was originally written for two pianos. While in Italy, Rachmaninoff heard the tune played on an old-fashioned street organ, drawn through the streets by a donkey. Liking the tune, he immediately wrote it down. Later in Russia, it was arranged for the Imperial Marine Guard Band, and was performed with great success. The present arrangement was made for the Goldman Band by Eric Leidzén under the supervision of Rachmaninoff himself.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

  • South Carolina: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Spring Garden Band of York (Penn.) (Jeffrey Shaull, conductor) - 6 August 2023
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Symphony Band (James Batcheller, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 6 May 2018
  • State College (Penn.) Municipal Band (Ned Diehl, conductor) - 8 May 2016
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Jason McChristian, conductor) - 17 August 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Rachmaninoff, S.; Leidzen, E. (1941). Italian Polka [score]. Axelrod Publications: Providence, R.I.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 490.