Valencian Widow, The

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Aram Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian (trans. Erik Somers)

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General Info

Year: 1940 / 2000
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Baton Music
Cost: Score and Parts (five-movement) (print) - €260.00   |   Score Only (print) - €45.00
Cost: Score and Parts (three-movement) (print) - €175.00   |   Score Only (print) - €30.00


Large Suite
1. Introduction
2. Serenade
3. Song
4. Comic Dance
5. Dance

Small Suite
1. Introduction - 4:05
3. Song - 3:50
5. Dance - 2:50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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 detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In 1940, Khachaturian has been composing music to Lope de Vega's The Valencian Widow. The composer was very impressed by splendid comedy, created in Renaissance, the time when situations, intrigues served for establishment of humanistic ideas, glorification of power, dignity and spiritual beauty of individuals. This bright and festive music is not only maximum adequate to the style and character of source of literature, but also includes in itself new capabilities of music-intonation realization of characters of classic drama. The composer succeeded in reflection of national Spanish coloring and characteristics of characters in the play. The spirit of the times was perfectly reflected in music.

- Program Note from Virtual Museum of Aram Khachaturian

Khachaturian wrote the orchestral incidental music for the Suite from The Valencian Widow in 1940. The suite was later arranged for concert band by Erik Somers. The Valencian Widow was a late sixteenth-century play written by Spanish playwright Lope de Vega. Lope de Vega was one of the most famous playwrights of Spain’s Golden Age and was credited with writing over 1,800 plays. The Valencian Widow was a “cloak and sword” play, which entailed complicated plots, full of intrigue and frustrated love, in which the upper middle-class main characters’ actions were mirrored in the lives of their servants. In Khachaturian’s incidental music for this play, the audience can hear his signature style coupled with a Spanish flair that highlights the setting of the story line.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 22 August 2019


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State Ratings

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