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Prelude, Opus 34, No 14

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. H Robert Reynolds)


General Info

Year: 1933 / 1988
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of Print   |   Score Only - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-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
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano were composed in 1932-33, and the Prelude in E-flat minor, Opus 34, No. 14 was one of this set. Opening with a calm but strong chordal statement, the piece continues to build in a single direction to a grand climax of fff dynamics, after which it quickly returns to the quiet mood and material of the beginning. While only 36 measure long, one senses a much more expansive and lengthy composition than its first few short measures reveal.

- Program note by publisher


The Adagio E-flat minor Prelude is one of the two longest of Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes, Op. 34 (1932-1933). More importantly, it is the most dramatic, the most tragic, and the most public. With its imitation tympani rolls, its rising fanfare-like figure, and its insistent drum beats, it seems to be striving for a symphonic stature, and it is no wonder that the conductor Leopold Stokowski rushed to orchestrate the piece. However, in its original form, the relentless despair and deep sorrow is much more real: one feels the music straining against the limitations of the keyboard, and this becomes an integral part of the expression and the meaning of the music. This is one of the very great preludes from the Opus 34 set and a piece worthy to stand beside the last act of Shostakovich’s contemporaneous opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

- Program Note from California State University, Long Beach, Wind Symphony concert program, 3 March 2016


Media


State Ratings

  • California: Grade V, Class A
  • Louisiana: Band 2011 Grade IV
  • Massachusetts: Grade IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


Performances

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  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) - 29 April 2021
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Symphonic Band (Shauna Pickens, conductor) - 25 April 2021
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Adrian To, conductor) - 15 April 2021
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Bobby R. Francis, conductor) - 3 December 2020
  • Jackson (Miss.) State University Wind Ensemble (Lowell Hollinger, conductor) – 4 March 2020
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Symphonic Band (Douglas Henderson, conductor) – 25 February 2020
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Christopher Hughes, conductor) – 15 October 2019
  • Grand Valley State University Wind Symphony (Kevin Tutt, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • World Adult Wind Orchestra Project (WAYOP) (Schladming, Austria) (Gary Hill, conductor) – 13 July 2019
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Symphonic Winds (Travis Almany, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Northwest Missouri State University Wind Symphony (William Licop, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Arkansas Tech University (Russellville) Wind Ensemble (Daniel A. Belongia, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • West Chester (Penn.) University Wind Ensemble (Andrew Yozviak, conductor) – 21 February 2019 (CBDNA 2019 National Conference, Tempe, Ariz.)
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, Fla.) Wind Symphony (Alex Kaminsky, conductor) – 20 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Yozviak, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Stephen Piazza, conductor) – 23 September 2018
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony I (Curran Prendergast, conductor) – 27 April 2018
  • Texas State University (San Marcos) Wind Symphony (Caroline Beatty, conductor) – 24 March 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Southwestern Conference, Houston, Texas)
  • University of Delaware (Newark, Del.) Concert Band (Lauren Reynolds, conductor) – 12 October 2017


Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Shostakovich, D.; Reynolds, H. (1988). Prelude, Op. 34, No. 14 [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.