Tetris Variations

From Wind Repertory Project
Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Phillip Kennedy Johnson

General Info

Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: Manuscript (U.S. Army Field Band)
Cost: Score and Parts – Unknown


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion (1 player), including:

  • Drumset


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Tetris Variations is a theme-and-variations work based on the Russian folk song Korobeiniki, best known as the main theme from the classic video game Tetris. Arranged by Federal Brass member Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Kennedy Johnson, the piece tries to capture the game’s rising feelings of tension, the increasing tempo and difficulty representing the rising rows of blocks, bringing the player closer and closer to Game Over!

- Program Note by U.S. Army Field Band

Tetris is a puzzle video game created by Soviet software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. In Tetris, players complete lines by moving differently shaped pieces (tetrominoes), which descend onto the playing field. The completed lines disappear and grant the player points, and the player can proceed to fill the vacated spaces. The game ends when the playing field is filled. The longer the player can delay this outcome, the higher their score will be.

Korobeiniki (The Peddlers) is a 19-century Russian folk song that tells the story of a meeting between a peddler and a girl, describing their haggling over goods in a metaphor for courtship. Outside Russia, Korobeiniki is widely known as the Tetris theme.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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