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Fire of Eternal Glory (Rhea)

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (trans. Rhea)


Subtitle: Novorossiyek Chimes


General Info

Year: 1960 / 1995
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba I-II
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel (Bells)
  • Snare drum
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Although not considered to be an important work on Dmitri Shostakovich’s vast catalog of repertoire, The Fire of Eternal Glory was one of his best-known works in the former U.S.S.R. The work consists of material that was originally entered in a contest to compose a new national anthem for the Soviet Union (the contest was won by Alexander Alexandrov). Shostakovich rewrote the material when commissioned by the city of Novorossiysk for the opening of its war memorial. A recording of the work has been playing continuously at that location since the opening of the memorial on 27 September 1960, possibly making it one of the most frequently played pieces of symphonic music in existence. The work’s opening phrases have also been used as introductory music for Moscow Radio’s late-night news program CKACWH.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato


Media

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State Ratings

  • Texas: III. Complete


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Novorossiysk Chimes, Wikipedia Accessed 5 October 2019
  • Shostakovich, D.; Rhea, T. (1995). The Fire of Eternal Glory [score]. TRN Music Publisher: Ruidoso, N.M.