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Shostakovich, Dmitri: Jazz Suite No.1 (1934) 7'
Three numbers for dance band

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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the UK, countries of the Commonwealth (excluding Canada) and the Republic of Ireland.

World Premiere

24/03/1934
Leningrad
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Repertoire Note

In the 1930s jazz was highly popular in the Soviet Union. Shostakovich was particularly interested in this kind of music, especially as it was practised within the USSR by his colleagues and friends. So he was delighted when he was asked to write a piece for a small Leningrad dance-band. The result was this charming and tuneful Suite in a style combining echoes of Kurt Weill, klezmer and cabaret with more American influences, especially in the darkly hilarious final movement. There are three movements in all: a soupy and engaging Waltz, a lively Polka with a tricky xylophone solo, and a paradoxically entitled Foxtrot (Blues), which features a notable episode for that pioneering electric instrument, the Hawaiian guitar.

Note by Gerard McBurney

Recommended Recording

Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Dmitri Yablonsky
Naxos 8555949

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