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Armer Columbus (Overture and Finale from the Opera). By Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Arranged by Jacques Claessens. For concert band. Baton Music Orchestral Series. Grade 4. Score. Duration 10:00. Published by Baton Music (BF.BM454-SCORE).
As a contribution to the opera 'Armer Columbus' by German composer Erwin Dressel, Shostakovich composed two of his quirkiest and oddest early orchestral pieces. An energetic 'Entr'acte' in c minor (Allegretto poco moderato), also known as the Overture (although it appears before the sixth scene of the opera) followed by a hilariously noisy 'Finale' (Moderato - Andantino - Allegro) with mock American dance-music, a parade of American sailors (presumably on ships in New York harbour). Shostakovich's contributions were intended to overcome a couple of dramatic weaknesses in Dressel's score and to underline more strongly the Communist politics of this idea.
Overture and Finale from the Opera
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Ensemble: Concert Band Music
Level: Grade 4