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Spanish Dance from "The Gadfly"

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. James Curnow)


General Info

Year: 1955 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saophone
Eb Baritone Saophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Piano/Harp
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III (6 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Shostakovich, in essence, was the Russian John Williams of his day. Between 1929 and 1970 he wrote more than thirty movie soundtracks, but it is his score for the 1955 film The Gadfly that remains the big hit in this country. The film is a proudly boisterous affair: a swashbuckling costume drama depicting the life of a Russian hero in 1830s Italy. The setting of the film gave Shostakovich the excuse to borrow musical ideas from Italian Romantic composers such as Verdi and Bellini.

Among the popular tunes from the score is The Spanish Dance, a brilliant dance number that Shostakovich later used again in his Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 2 .

- Program Note from University of Alabama Wind Ensemble concert program, 5 March 2020


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Shostakovich, D.; Curnow, J. (2014). Spanish Dance from Gadfly [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.