Tahiti Trot

From Wind Repertory Project
Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (trans. Jerry Brubaker)

Subtitle: After Tea for Two by Vincent Youmans.

This work bears the designation Opus 16.

General Info

Year: 1927 / 2009
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $87.00; (digital) - $87.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
Synthesizer (optional)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Hi-Hat
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Shostakovich had demonstrated as early as 1928 his penchant for what might be termed light music. In a bet between friends, Dmitri was challenged by conductor Nikolai Malko to prepare in less than one hour’s time a completely new orchestration of Tea for Two, the popular song by Vincent Youmans. The work had previously been adapted in 1926 by Boris Forem as Tahiti Trot. It was a recording of this earlier rendition that inspired the wager. The stakes were for 100 rubles. The result was Shostakovich's Opus 16. Dmitri easily won the bet as he completed his original and witty orchestration within only forty-five minutes!

- Program Note from The Virginia Wind Symphony concert program, 21 December 2017


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Adaptable Music

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

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