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Dark Eyes (arr Klarfeld)

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Folk Song arranged by Jaïr Klarfeld

Subtitle: For Tuba and Concert Band

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: IV (solo); II-1/2 (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: JKM Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
Solo Tuba
B-flat Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dark Eyes, or Black Eyes, is a very old and popular Russian Gypsy folk song. The composer’s name is unknown. The melody to Dark Eyes is exotic, and yet the character of the music has a strong feeling of regret. Based on the lyrics added later, the main character laments ever meeting the charming Gypsy girl who has “destroyed my soul.” In spite of the serious theme of the lyrics, the song provides both performers and audiences a passionate and entertaining experience to one of the best-known folk melodies to emerge from Russia.

The Roma Middle School Symphonic Winds, conducted by Mr. Corey Graves, commissioned Dark Eyes for Tuba and Concert Band for their Honor Band performance at the 2020 TMEA convention. The guest artist is Dr. J.D. Salas, Associate Professor of Music at Stephen F. Austin University. - Program Note from publisher

Dark Eyes is probably the most famous Russian romance song. The lyrics were written by the Ukrainian poet and writer Yevhen Hrebinka. The first publication of the poem was in Hrebinka's own Russian translation in Literaturnaya Gazeta on 17 January 1843.

J. Fuld mentions that a Soviet musicologist had reported to him that the song is not "a Russian traditional song but a cabaret song", published in a song book by A. Gutheil in 1897 and mentioned as a "Gypsy romance based on the melody of Florian Hermann's Valse Hommage. "

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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