Gadfly, The

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (trans. Donald Patterson)

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Subtitle: Suite from the Film (for band), Op. 97

General Info

Year: 1955 /
Duration: c. 25:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


1. Overture – 2:50
2. Folk Festival – 2:50
3. Introduction (Prelude) – 6:05
4. Waltz "Barrel-Organ" – 2:05
5. Romance – 5:30
6. Scene – 2:20
7. Finale – 3:05


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Gadfly is a 1955 Soviet historical drama film based on the eponymous novel by Ethel Lilian Voynich and directed by Aleksandr Faintsimmer. In 1955 the film was third in attendance in the Soviet Union, collecting 39.16 million ticket sales.

The motion picture tells a story of the underground struggle of Italian patriots against the Austrian invaders for independence of their homeland. Against the background of these events is a tragic story of a man transformed from a pure heart and an enthusiastic young man to a ruthless revolutionary -- the legendary and elusive Gadfly.

The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a, is a suite for orchestra arranged from the composition by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) for the 1955 Soviet film The Gadfly. This Suite is a selection of music derived from the film arranged by Soviet composer Levon Atovmian and has been recorded by several orchestras. As of the end of the twentieth century the complete score of the film had still not been recorded in its entirety.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 14 April 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

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