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Polka from 'The Golden Age'



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From Dmitri Shostakovich's (1906-1975) ballet 'The Golden Age' of 1929.
After a period influenced by Prokofiev and Stravinsky (e.g. in his Symphony No. 1 of 1925), Shostakovich developed a hybrid of styles as exemplified in his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (1934). Within a single work this frequently juxtaposed a wide variety of trends, such as the neo-classical style (showing the influence of Stravinsky) and
a form of post-romantic style (after Mahler). Shostakovich's unique approach to tonality involved the use of modal scales and some astringent neo-classical harmonies à la Hindemith and Prokofiev. His music frequently includes sharp contrasts and elements of the grotesque.[1]

Shostakovich rose to fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Leon Trotsky's chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the Stalinist bureaucracy, suffering two official denunciations of his music, in 1936 and 1948, and the periodic banning of his work. At the same time, he received a number of accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet. Despite the official controversy, his works were popular and well received.
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kristyjo said 3819 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
Second listening-
At first, the cacophony is dominant. Then, the forms and extended harmonies come through. It has the feel of a circus, with humor and familiarity hovering just above the surface of tension and anxiety. As always, I love your extended program notes, and the instrumentation is just very, very well realized.
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composerclark said 3819 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
A witty and clever arrangement of a witty and clever piece. Your biographical information appears to have come from Wikipedia, so it might be good to acknowledge this (this is the academic in me talking; sorry!). I am unconvinced that his first symphony is much influenced by Stravinsky, for what it's worth. Although written when he was only 19, it is a fantastic work.

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alan_ said 3819 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
Polka from the Golden Age
I certainly am getting an education today. Your musical interpretation of this piece is delightful. Thank you too for the history of the piece. Well Played and worth another listen for sure.

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Moviz said 3818 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
Can't help
but smile as I listen to the exquisite zany-ness of this lovely piece and I don't know why but I kept getting a feel of the big piece from 'An American in Paris' the big modern ballet scene. I wonder if the writers of that, got their inspiration in part, from this. Really enjoyed it, regards M
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thetiler said 3818 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
Not only is the
music very interesting, like kristyjo mentioned of course it has a real feeling of circus. And I guess it was banned because maybe that is what he thought his leaders in russia were is a bunch of clowns so they banned him :) Just kidding or I wonder if the music made them paranoid. But it takes a composer with a lot of guts I would think to be able to pull something like this off. And I guess he did. You really came out with a different piece on this and it is what makes your music truly one of the most fun to hear orchestral type stuff on this site!

Thanks for sharing !
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guitapick said 3818 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
...Shostakovich. Especially his early symphonies and the smaller ensemble works (including piano, of course). The Stalinist regime allowed him more leeway in those genres.

This is great, Scotty. Very nicely orchestrated and played!
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hooverfry said 3815 days ago (May 6th, 2009)
love it! makes me smile! thanks!
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fathom said 3815 days ago (May 6th, 2009)
Don't know much about Shostakovich
but his has a playfully off kilter quality that's irresistible.
Nice work.
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Char said 3793 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Polka, huh.
Yes I suppose it is a Polka. No band ever played this at a Polish wedding, I can assure everyone. I could not dance because I would be spellbound. What an exceptional effort from you. Very complex and yet full of childlike experimentation. WoW! Thank you for bringing such fine music here.
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