From Wind Repertory Project
Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. James Curnow)

Subtitle: From Suite for Variety Orchestra #1

General Info

Year: 1956 / 2014
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $7:50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Suite for Variety Orchestra, No. 1 (1956) is a work by Dmitri Shostakovich in eight movements that draw from the composer's earlier themes. The first of these movements is the delightful March originally found in Korzinkina's Adventures, Op. 59 from 1940. James Curnow has skillfully adapted this work for band, sure to become a welcome addition to the repertoire for winds.

- Program Note from publisher

This delightful arrangement captures all of the vitality and playfulness of the Shostakovich original found in his eight-movement Suite for Variety Orchestra, No. 1 (1956). The march originally appeared in Korzinkina’s Adventures, Op. 59 (1940). Expertly scored, the piece features detailed articulation markings, rhythmic variety, melodic opportunities for several sections, and occasional challenging lines for woodwinds and xylophone. A steady tempo, careful observance of articulation and dynamic markings, proper balance between winds and percussion, and precise execution of sixteenth-note and triplet rhythms will be needed for an outstanding performance. Percussion requirements include parts for timpani, snare drum, bass drum, bells, xylophone, and crash cymbals. A string bass part is also included. The arrangement provides directors a wonderful opportunity to expose students to the music of a legendary composer, and this appealing march is sure to engage performers and listeners alike,

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist, June/July 2014


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Toronto (Ont., Can.) Youth Symphonic Winds (Dan Horner, conductor) - 1 December 2023
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Eric W. Bush, conductor) - 6 December 2021
  • Orange County (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Anthony Mazzaferro, conductor) – 22 November 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


None discovered thus far.