Folk Dances (arr. Curnow)

From Wind Repertory Project
Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. James Curnow)

General Info

Year: 1942 / 2000 / 2009
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Curnow Music Press, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano 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
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Here is one of the most popular and exciting works of Russian master composer Dmitri Shostakovich, skillfully adapted for younger bands. Filled with humor and vitality, this single-movement work is an engaging and worthy entry in the repertoire for bands at all levels.

- Program Note from publisher

This popular wind band work by the Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich was originally composed in 1942 as the third movement, Dance of Youth, of My Beloved Country, Op. 63. It was first arranged for Russian bands by Mark Vakhutinskii in 1970.

- Program Note from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra concert program, 23 November 2013

Shostakovich wrote the suite Op. 63, Native Leningrad, in 1942 as a tribute to the courage of the citizens of Leningrad. This suite was culled from the incidental music for a "concert play spectacle" entitled Native Country or Motherland. It was scored for tenor and bass soloists, choir and orchestra, and was premiered on November 7, 1942, at the Dzerzhinsky Central Club.

The suite has four movements: Overture – October 1917, Song of the Victorious October (Song of the River Neva), Youth Dance (Song of the Sailors), and Song of Leningrad. The Youth Dance is the movement transcribed as Folk Dances. It first received this name when transcribed for piano by Lev Solin. The name stuck when retranscribed for military band by M. Vakhutinsky. H. Robert Reynolds rescored Vakhutinsky's transcription, making it suitable for American wind bands.

While the melodies used in Youth Dance are reminiscent of folk tunes, Shostakovich's work is original. Considering the programmatic nature of the work, it is justifiable to assume Shostakovich wished to evoke an overt Russian sentiment in the same way that Gustav Holst's First Suite in E-flat and Gordon Jacob's An Original Suite sound and feel distinctly British.

- Program Note from State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band concert program, 13 April 2017


State Ratings

  • Iowa: III
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV


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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • Perusal score
  • Shostakovich, D.; Curnow, J. (2000). Folk Dances [score]. Curnow Music Press: Wilmore, Ky.