Galop (Shostakovich)

From Wind Repertory Project
Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (trans. David P. Miller)

Subtitle: From The Limpid Stream

General Info

Year: 1935 / 2010
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Baton Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.50   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Galop from “The Limpid Stream” (1935) was originally written by Shostakovich for his third ballet, The Limpid Stream, a story about a group of ballet dancers who are sent to provide entertainment to a new Soviet collective farm in Kuban, known as The Limpid Stream. After complicated amorous intrigues, it turns out the country-folk have more to teach those from the city than the other way around. The Limpid Stream was by far the most popular of Shostakovich’s ballets. Its deliberately simple-minded melodies, banal harmonies, straightforward rhythms, and garish colors had the work playing successfully in both Leningrad and Moscow from June 1935 through February 1936.

However, The Limpid Stream and, by implication, its suite were condemned in Pravda in an editorial in early February 1936. Of the three ballets, The Limpid Stream was punished most grotesquely by the Soviet government - the co-librettist, Adrian Piotrovsky, was sent to a gulag and never heard from again, and the creative career of its choreographer, Fedor Lopukhov, was all but terminated. Fortunately, Shostakovich was able to salvage some of the music from the ballet and the suite in the first four ballet suites he and his friend Levon Atovmyan compiled in 1949-1953. Galop from "The Limpid Stream" became the sixth movement of the Ballet Suite No. 3.

- Program Note from University of North Texas Wind Symphony concert program, 29 September 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Edmonton (Alb.) Schoolboys’ Alumni Band (Graeme Peppink, conductor) – 1 December 2019
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Matthew Greenwood, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • Heart of Texas (San Antonio, Tx.) Concert Band (Brett Penshorn, conductor) - 8 April 2018
  • University of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown, PEI) Wind Symphony (Karem J. Simon, Conductor) - 24 March 2018
  • Missouri State University (Springfield) Wind Symphony (John Zastoupil, conductor) – 26 September 2017
  • California All-State High School Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 18 February 2017 (2017 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 29 September 2016
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wind Ensemble (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 24 April 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • The Limpid Stream. Wikipedia. Accessed 7 August 2023
  • Shostakovich, D.; Miller, D. (2010). Galop: From The Limpid Stream [score]. Baton Music: Netherlands.