Folk Dances by Shostakovich

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Folk Dances by Shostakovich

Post by ZJH » Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:41 pm

Does anyone know where I can find an orchestral recording of this piece, or if one even exists? All I ever find is the North Texas Wind Symphony's recording of it from Luminaries, which I already have.
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Post by Hostrauser » Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:48 pm

I don't believe an orchestra version exists. If I recall correctly, Shostakovich wrote "Folk Dances" directly for Russian bands, and it has just been arranged for "western" bands by H. Robert Reynolds and others. I don't think it's like "Festive Overture," where an orchestra piece was arranged for wind ensemble.

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Post by ZJH » Fri Jun 08, 2007 5:28 pm

Ahhh, yeah. I just remember seeing there was a version transcribed by H. Robert Reynolds, so I assumed it was from orchestra to wind band. Thanks Hostrauser.
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Post by bassoonuba » Fri Jun 08, 2007 7:32 pm

I don't think that I have ever heard an orchestral version of Folk Dances either. I have heard a solo piano version version (which I didn't really care for) but that's it other than the band one.

Perhaps I should know this but, what are the main differences between a Russian band and a western band?
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Post by ZJH » Fri Jun 08, 2007 9:06 pm

I think the main difference is the presence of instruments that aren't just limited to Bb, C, F, and Eb, I believe.
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