Spanish Dance from "The Gadfly"

From Wind Repertory Project
Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. James Curnow)

General Info

Year: 1955 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saophone
E-flat Baritone Saophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III (6 players), including:

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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Shostakovich, in essence, was the Russian John Williams of his day. Between 1929 and 1970 he wrote more than thirty movie soundtracks, but it is his score for the 1955 film The Gadfly that remains the big hit in this country. The film is a proudly boisterous affair: a swashbuckling costume drama depicting the life of a Russian hero in 1830s Italy. The setting of the film gave Shostakovich the excuse to borrow musical ideas from Italian Romantic composers such as Verdi and Bellini.

Among the popular tunes from the score is The Spanish Dance, a brilliant dance number that Shostakovich later used again in his Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 2 .

- Program Note from University of Alabama Wind Ensemble concert program, 5 March 2020


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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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


  • Shostakovich, D.; Curnow, J. (2014). Spanish Dance from Gadfly [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.