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Monday, September 25, 2017
Shostakovich's Birthday Today!
And I didn't get him anything! Let's celebrate with three of his silliest and most whimsical compositions. The first, Tahiti Trot, came out of a bet. He was with a friend, forget who, and for some reason his friend bet him that he couldn't do a full orchestration of "Tea for Two" in under an hour after hearing it once. Here is the result, after forty minutes or so:
Here is his potential top-forty hit, Waltz No. 2 from a Suite for Jazz Orchestra:
And finally, his Polka from a ballet, "The Age of Gold"