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Dimitri Shostakovich: The Gadfly: Orchestra

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COMPOSER: Dimitri Shostakovich
PUBLISHER: DSCH
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
Accompanied by one of Shostakovich’s most popular and accessible film-scores, The Gadfly was a highly successful film inside the Soviet Union in its day, a sugary and entertaining costume drama based on a once verypopular historical novel by the English writer Ethel Voynich, like a cross between
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Composer Dimitri Shostakovich
Publisher DSCH
Product Format Score
Year of Publication 2017
StylePeriodView Description Post 1901
ISBN 9781784543259
ISMN 9790060133817
Instrumentation Orchestra
No. BH13381
Description

Accompanied by one of Shostakovich’s most popular and accessible film-scores, The Gadfly was a highly successful film inside the Soviet Union in its day, a sugary and entertaining costume drama based on a once verypopular historical novel by the English writer Ethel Voynich, like a cross between ‘The Three Musketeers’ and ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’.

The hero is a swashbuckling revolutionary in Risorgimento Italyand the 1830s/1840s Italian setting gives the composer a chance for delicious pastiches in the style of Bellini and Verdi, as well as pseudo-Neapolitan songs and folk-tunes.

Most famous are the catchy Galop and thesyrupyRomance, which have been recycled many times in TV shows and advertisements and will quickly appeal to those who prefer their music on the lighter side. 

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