The eight movements of Dmitri Shostakovich's Suite No. 2 for Jazz Orchestras are mostly clips from film music from the years 1940 to1956. Especially well-known from this suite is the waltz no. 2, originally a background music in the movie “The First Season” by Mikhail Kalatozov (1956); The waltz is cited in many other films, such as in Stanley Kubrick's “Eyes Wide Shut” of 1999. The arrangements for four-handed piano keep close to the original, the term transcription fits best. The Primo part is technically more demanding than the Secondo Part. (Simon Bishop)
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