Hamlet Suite

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (tr. Suchoff)

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The original Shostakovich work bears the designation Opus 32a.

General Info

Year: 1964 / 1975
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


1. Flourish and Dance Music
2. Funeral Music
3. Pantomime of the Actors


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Program Notes

The Hamlet Suite is taken from music written by Shostakovich for the Russian film. Hamlet is a 1964 film adaptation in Russian of William Shakespeare's play of the same title, based on a translation by Boris Pasternak.

When the film appeared in 1964, it received a number of prizes both in the Soviet Union and abroad (see below). Its reception among British and American reviewers was generally favourable, despite the fact that this version of a prized work of English literature was not made in English. The New York Times reviewer took up this point: "But the lack of this aural stimulation - of Shakespeare's eloquent words - is recompensed in some measure by a splendid and stirring musical score by Dmitri Shostakovich. This has great dignity and depth, and at times an appropriate wildness or becoming levity".

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • Florida: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Tennessee: IV


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  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor) – 21 May 2017

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Adaptable Music

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

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