Jazz Suite No. 2

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. Johan de Meij)

General Info

Year: 1938 / 1995
Duration: c. 18:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $561.00   |   Score Only - $83.00
Movements may be purchased separately.


1. March - 2:55
2. Lyric waltz - 2:30
3. Dance I - 2:55
4. Waltz No. 2 - 3:40
5. Dance II - 3:45
6. Finale - 2:35


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Clarinet 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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Basses I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone

Program Notes

N.B. Jazz Suite No. 2 is the title given to the 1994 Johan de Meij arrangement of Shostakovich's post-1956 Suite for Variety Orchestra. Despite the title, this arrangement is not related to Shostakovich's 1938 Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2.

The Suite for Variety Orchestra (post-1956) is a suite in eight movements by Dmitri Shostakovich. The work consists of a collection of movements which derive from other works by the composer. It is also named Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra, for example in Derek Hulme's Shostakovich catalogue.

It is thought that the Suite for Variety Orchestra must have been assembled by Shostakovich at least post-1956, because of the use of material from that year's music to the film The First Echelon. In fact, the greater part of the Suite for Variety Orchestra is recycled material:

  • The opening and closing movements (March and Finale) are based on the March from Korzinkina’s Adventures, Op. 59 (1940).
  • The second movement (Dance 1) was adapted from The Market Place (No. 16) from the film score for The Gadfly, Op. 97 (1955).
  • The third movement (Dance 2) goes back to Invitation to a Rendezvous (No. 20), from The Limpid Stream, Op. 39 (1934–35) [which itself was taken from Mime and Dance of the Pope (No. 19) from The Bolt, Op. 27 (1930–31)].
  • The seventh movement (Waltz 2) was adapted from the Waltz (eighth movement) from the Suite from 'The First Echelon', Op. 99a (1956).

For many years the Suite for Variety Orchestra was misidentified as the "lost" Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2 (1938), a different work in three movements that was lost during World War II, the piano score of which was rediscovered in 1999 by Manashir Yakubov, and orchestrated the following year by Gerard McBurney.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Carolina Charlotte Wind Ensemble (Hunter Kopczynski, conductor) - 28 April 2023
  • California State University, Stanislaus, Wind Ensemble (Stuart Sims, conductor) - 7 December 2021
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Studies Chamber Winds (Daniel Cook, conductor) - 16 November 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Hawaii Symphonic Band (Honolulu) (Steven Hirahara, conductor) – 9 December 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 25 September 2018
  • Capital Region Wind Ensemble (Schenectady, N.Y.) (Brett L. Wery, conductor)– 25 March 2018
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Wind Ensemble (David McKee, conductor) – 25 March 2018
  • University of Minnesota High School Honor Band (Emily Threinen, conductor)– 21 January 2018
  • Virginia Wind Symphony (Norfolk) (Dennis J. Zeisler, conductor) - 21 December 2017 (2017 Midwest Clinic)
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Sarah McKoin, conductor) – 28 November 2017
  • Grand Street (New York) Community Band (Brian Worsdale, conductor)– 4 November 2017
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 28 September 2016
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor ) - 3 June 2016
  • Texas All-State 5A Symphonic Band (Don McKinney, conductor) - 13 February 2016 (2016 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Austin (Tex.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) - 18 April 2015
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor) - 25 January 2015
  • San Ramon Symphonic Band (Larry B. Colón, conductor) - 4 April 2013 (ACB’s 35th Annual Convention (San Ramon, Calif.))
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 23 March 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

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