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Prelude (Variations) from "Ballet Suite No. 4"

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. Joshua Blankenship)

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General Info

Year: 1953 /
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

In contrast to its predecessors Ballet Suite No. 4 (1953) features only three movements, each of which is taken from a different source. The Limpid Stream furnishes a lengthy and, given the context, surprisingly sombre variation-sequence that constitutes the Prelude, building in a crescendo to a powerful climax, before returning to its initial calm. Song of the Great Rivers (also known as Unity), a 1954 documentary scarcely known in the West, provides the entertaining Waltz, while The Bolt is pressed into service for the Scherzo that provides an energetic conclusion to a suite which widens the emotional scope of the format in comparison to those that came before it.

- Program Note by Richard Whitehouse for liner notes for Naxos CD Ballet Suite No. 1-4


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