October, Op 131

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (trans. Preston Mitchell)

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General Info

Year: 1967 /
Duration: c. 12:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Schirmer Russian Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contrabass 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-IV

(Percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

October is the only composition by Shostakovich to be designated a symphonic poem and was written for the 50th anniversary of the October Bolshevik Revolution. Ideological differences between the composer and the Communist Party caused Shostakovich many personal and professional hardships, and during his lifetime his compositions were seen as property of the state, often being used for propaganda purposes. Though critics have dismissed the work as Soviet rhetoric, it is less likely that Shostakovich ever wholly subordinated his musical instincts for propaganda.

This setting of the work was transcribed for band by Gunnery Sgt. Preston Mitchell of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Mitchell notes in the score: "October did not refer to the literal events of October 1917, but rather the spirit of the revolution as it existed in the minds of Russians across the political spectrum. October symbolized an ideal new world of freedom and fellowship..."

- Program note by David Balandrin and Ricky Parrell


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


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