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Dmitri Schostakowitsch: The Golden Age

  • for orchestra
  • 2 2 3 2 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(5), harm, sop.sax, bar, str
  • Duration: 16’
  • Instrumentation details:
    2 2 3 soprano sax. 2 - 4 3 3 1 baritone - timp., perc.(4), xyl. - harm. - str.
  • Composer: Dmitri Schostakowitsch
  • Table of contents:
    Introduktion
    Adagio
    Polka
    Tanz

Work introduction

Like Schostakowitsch's first opera, The Nose, so is his first ballet, The Golden Age, music of the twenties: sarcastic, witty, with motoric verve, colorfully orchestrated, a kind of musical grimace. Schostakowitsch chose four movements of the ballet for a suite (16'), whose lasting popularity can also be measured by the number of arrangements - for brass sextet, brass ensemble, brass quintet, etc. The third movement, Polka, is also set as an independent piece - an ideal encore.

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