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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. Johan de Meij)

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Subtitle: From Jazz Suite No. 2

General Info

Year: post-1956 / 1983 / 1995
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Jazz orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $106.00; (digital) - $83.00   |   Score Only (print) - $23.00


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
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

N.B. Jazz Suite No. 2 is the title given to the 1994 Johan de Meij arrangement of Shostakovich's post-1956 Suite for Variety Orchestra. Despite the title, this arrangement is not related to Shostakovich's 1938 Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2.

The Suite for Variety Orchestra (post-1956) is a suite in eight movements by Dmitri Shostakovich. The work consists of a collection of movements which derive from other works by the composer. It is also named Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra, for example in Derek Hulme's Shostakovich catalogue.

It is thought that the Suite for Variety Orchestra must have been assembled by Shostakovich at least post-1956, because of the use of material from that year's music to the film The First Echelon. In fact, the greater part of the Suite for Variety Orchestra is recycled material:

  • The opening and closing movements (March and Finale) are based on the March from Korzinkina’s Adventures, Op. 59 (1940).
  • The second movement (Dance 1) was adapted from The Market Place (No. 16) from the film score for The Gadfly, Op. 97 (1955).
  • The third movement (Dance 2) goes back to Invitation to a Rendezvous (No. 20), from The Limpid Stream, Op. 39 (1934–35) [which itself was taken from Mime and Dance of the Pope (No. 19) from The Bolt, Op. 27 (1930–31)].
  • The seventh movement (Waltz 2) was adapted from the Waltz (eighth movement) from the Suite from 'The First Echelon', Op. 99a (1956).

For many years the Suite for Variety Orchestra was misidentified as the "lost" Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2 (1938), a different work in three movements that was lost during World War II, the piano score of which was rediscovered in 1999 by Manashir Yakubov, and orchestrated the following year by Gerard McBurney.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • [file:///C:/Users/Dave/Downloads/AM%2038-010_df9f0c2c-d118-4666-af45-4e7ff898700d__AM%2038-010.pdf Perusal score (in Attachments)]
  • Shostakovich, D.; de Meij, J. (1995). Jazz Suite No. 2 : For Symphonic Band [score]. Amstel Music: Amsterdam.
  • Suite for Variety Orchestra (Shostakovich), Wikipedia Accessed 25 September 2018