Intermezzo (Shostakovich)

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. William L. Cahn)

Subtitle: From the Opera Die Nase, Opus 15 (1927-28)

General Info

Year: 1928 / 1986 / 1994
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Honeyrock Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $22.95


Full Score
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Famous as one of the first percussion ensemble works to be found in Western Art Music, this arrangement is scored for five percussionists.

- Program Note from publisher

In The Nose, Shostakovich writes an extended solo for percussion ensemble in the form of an Intermezzo. Here, the composer is using the instruments in their traditional roles, but the inclusion of an all-percussion work in the middle of the opera suggests a respect for the percussion instruments as valued tools of musical expression. The Intermezzo from The Nose remains the first stand-alone percussion music in the Western Art Tradition, predating Varese’s Ionisation by a full two years.

- Program Note from Justin Lane Alexander

The Nose, Op. 15, is Dmitri Shostakovich's first opera, a satirical work completed in 1928 based on Nikolai Gogol's 1836 story of the same name.

Shostakovich stated it was a satire on the times of Alexander I. The plot concerns a Saint Petersburg official whose nose leaves his face and develops a life of its own.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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