The Ballet Suite No. The leadoff piece from the Ballet Suite No. It is barely over two minutes, sprightly, energetic, brilliantly orchestrated, but with a theme that sounds overly familiar. The middle section maintains the frothy mood and when the main waltz returns, it brings a healthy measure of bombast.
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Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of a Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. This single work juxtaposed a wide variety of trends, including the neo-classical style showing the influence of Stravinsky and post-Romanticism after Gustav Mahler.
Sharp contrasts and elements of the grotesque characterize much of his music. His chamber output includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two piano trios, and two pieces for string octet.
His piano works include two solo sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include three operas, several song cycles, ballets, and a substantial quantity of film music, especially well known The Second Waltz, Op. At the time of its first concert on January 1, , the orchestra consisted of 12 musicians. In the orchestra has expanded to 43 members and performs regularly with guest musicians and singers such as Mirusia Louwerse, Carmen Monarcha, and the Platin Tenors.
The orchestra is well known for performing classical works with a distinctly unorthodox frivolity, joking with the audience and performing all sorts of antics. The Orchestra now performs with between 80 and musicians. At the time the Orchestra first toured Europe, there emerged a renewed interest in waltz music. As a result, Rieu became known as the Waltz King.
Ballet Suite No. 1, for orchestra (assembled by Atovmyan)
List of compositions by Dmitri Shostakovich
The second waltz (Shostakovich)