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Moscow, 1941

Concert band - Grade 2.5
Composed by Brian Balmages. Concert Band. FJH Young Band. Score and set of parts. Duration 4 minutes, 30 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.B1320).

Item Number: FJ.B1320

Moscow, 1941 was commissioned by the Perry Hall Middle School Band and funded by the PTA. Directors Nwil Fishler and Kelly Clavell asked that the piece be dedicated to Larry Bondar, a music teacher who has been affecting the lives of students for over 40
This song identifies with an extremely important moment in history during the Second World War, in which the Red Army, against all odds, successfully defended Moscow against the German invasion. In October 1941, German troops were only 15 miles outside of Moscow, an unfavorable situation for the Soviet Union. Two million people had evacuated Moscow, but Joseph Stalin stayed to rally morale. In November, the Germans launched a new attack on Moscow. The Soviet Army held their ground and brought the Germans to a halt. Stalin insisted on a counterattack; and although his commanders had doubts, they launched their own offensive on December 4. The Germans, caught off guard and demoralized by the recent defeat, were pushed back and began retreating. By January, they had been pushed back nearly 200 miles.

About FJH Young Band

Appropriate for middle school and smaller high school groups. Second clarinets usually stay below the break. Parts are written with more independence, and instrumentation increases slightly. There is still adequate doubling in the lower voices. Grades 2 - 2.5

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  • 5

    Maui, Hawaii
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  • May 13, 2012 Best song ever!

    This song is really really great. we play this song for our advandced band and its really fun to play! best song ever in my oppinion.

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    Keller, TX
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  • May 03, 2012 :D Best Song EVER.

    I love this song, it's on of the songs that our Wind Ensemble played at the Peak Music Festival we weren't we were okay but we played this song and I have to say that I think Moscow 1941 won the judges over. Me being bass clarinet my...

    part isn't all that fun but it's exciting to listen to. Thanks t Moscow we got 1st Division and TONS of Section Awards.!(:

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  • April 26, 2012 Moscow Madness

    This song is fantastic!!!Right now,I'm playing it on my trombone for a Spring Concert, and more exciting than March Madness!!!I love it!Best song EVER!!!

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  • November 06, 2010 Moscow 1941

    My school is Hyattsville Middle School. I am the first chair trumpet for my band. We played this song for about 2 months last year and this year we are planning to perform it. This song is very dramatic and makes your band sound very mature if you play all...

    the dynamics right. This song is downright awesome! We love it at our school!

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    Hockessin, DE
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  • January 27, 2010 Simply Brilliant.

    H.B duPont Middle school is going to play this at our spring concert. At first I didn't like it but as we began to go deeper into the song, I developed a interest in Moscow, 1941. GO MOSCOW AND MRS.LETTS!!!!

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