Scherzo à la russe

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Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky (arr. Thad Marciniak)

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General Info

Year: 1945 / 1977
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Jazz orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Program Notes

Scherzo à la russe is a 1944 composition by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was initially published by Chappell & Co. in 1945 and premiered in March 1946 by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer himself. It was later published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Stravinsky had been going through economical problems since he moved to America, partially because he lost the royalties from his works in Europe and had to compose more works to exploit them in America. The Scherzo à la russe was first conceived as a work for film use, as it was intended to be featured in The North Star. When the film project was aborted, Stravinsky decided to re-orchestrate it for Paul Whiteman Band. The only two conditions were: the piece had to be easy-listening and it had to fit on a 78 rpm disc. This version for jazz orchestra was premiered in 1944 by Blue Network but, according to Stravinsky scholar Eric Walter White, it didn't seem to be a success. Stravinsky decided to arrange it again in 1945 for symphony orchestra for it to be published and premiered in 1946 at San Francisco.

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State Ratings

  • Virginia: V


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