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Galop from "Cheryomushki"

From Wind Repertory Project
Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (trans. Donald Hunsberger)


Subtitle: From the musical comedy 'Moscow, Cheremushky'


General Info

Year: 1959 / 1971
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Baritone (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Harp (optional)
Percussion (5 players), including:

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


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Admirers of Shostakovich’s symphonies and concertos are likely unaware that the composer also wrote a substantial quantity of lighter music. In his early days he composed incidental music and songs for many plays and even created full-fledged operas and film scores. Among them is the operetta Moscow, Cheryomushki which opened on January 24, 1959, to substantial success.

Moscow, Cheryomushki (often shortened to Cheryomushki) is an operetta (light opera) in three acts, libretto by the team of Vladimir Mass and Mikhail Chervinsky, the leading Soviet humorists at that time. The satirical plot deals with a theme common to the people of Soviet Russia and the Cheryomushki District: affordable housing. This district became the location for a massive subsidized housing project in the 1950s. The operetta tells a story of a group of friends who have been granted new apartments in the Cheryomushki. With each character, we see common issues associated with living in these areas: shared living spaces, corrupt politicians, and sneaky bureaucrats.

Galop is representative of the light, humorous style of the operetta. With its fast moving and comical lines, Shostakovich captures the humor (and melancholy) of the libretto, expertly.

- Program Note by the San Francisco Wind Ensemble concert program, 5 October 2013


This rousing gallop was part of a musical comedy and film Moscow, Cheremushky. The story takes place in late 1950s Moscow, where a smart new block of apartments has been built and everyone is desperate to live there. Newlyweds Sasha (a crane operator) and Masha (an explosives expert) along with their friends Boris (a chauffeur) and Sergei (a cook) all dream of having a place of their own. While keys are withheld from their rightful owners, Sasha lifts Boris and Sergei up to their new home in her crane. During a later scene as Sasha and Masha host a house-warming party, a local government official (who illegally plans to knock two apartments into one for his ambitious new wife) comes bursting through the neighboring wall. It is during this scene that Galop is scored. The score accompanies a reckless chase full of physical comedy. At the end of this unusual story, the residents find a way of exposing all the corruption, and the wrong-doers are defeated, leaving everyone else to live happily ever after.

- Program Note by Steven Smyth for the Iowa State University Symphonic Band concert program, 22 February 2017


Commercial Discography


Audio Links

Reference recording; ensemble and conductor unknown


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • West Chester University (Penn.) Concert Band (M. Gregory Martin, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) – 26 November 2019
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University University Band (Joseph Scheivert, conductor) – 7 October 2019
  • Middlesex Concert Band (Wakefield, Mass.) (Joseph Nuccio, conductor) – 8 June 2019
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Janet Kim, conductor) – 29 May 2019
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – May 19, 2019>
  • Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Garson Olivieri, conductor) – 11 May 2019
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Steven M. Knight, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • Humboldt State University (Arcata, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Paul Cummings, conductor) – 9 March 2019
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) - 9 March 2019
  • Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Wind Symphony (Cameron Kotovsky, conductor) – 27 February 2019
  • Northern Santa Barbara County (Calif.) High School Honor Band (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 10 February 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) High School Honor Band (Emily Threinen, conductor)– 10 February 1019
  • Carrollton (Tex.) Wind Symphony (Jim Moen, conductor) - 21 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Brian Diller, conductor) – 14 December 2017
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Michael Doty, conductor) – 22 October 2017
  • Wheaton North High School Symphonic Band (Kent Krause, conductor) - 11 May 2017
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Alex Paquin, conductor) – 2 May 2017
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 26 April 2017
  • Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) Wind Ensemble (Craig A. Hancock, conductor) – 9 April 2017
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Symphonic Band (Stephen Smyth, conductor) – 22 February 2017
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (Phillip Day, conductor) – 21 February 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Shostakovich, D.; Hunsburger, D. [1971]. Galop: from the musical comedy Moscow, Cheremushky [score]. Boston Music: [Boston].