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Day K is upon us dearest readers, and today I am sharing with you a wonderfully comic suite of music by the Russian composer, Dmitri Kabalevsky! This suite, as the title suggests, is light, kabalesky and a great listen, so I do hope you enjoy this kabalevskg Dmitri Kabalevsky was, in his time, a leading Russian composer, alongside the likes of Aram Khachaturian.

After graduating, he became a professor at the conservatory. Kabalevsky composed a range of different music from silent movie music to small orchestral pieces.

Instead, he focused on more conventional music, with an emphasis on tonal changes from major to minor. He became head of Musical Esthetic Education of Children in The 10 movements are as follows:. Before I talk through the movements, I just would like to highlight the fact that this suite is an example of a caricature.

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This is what makes this suite so entertaining, because caricatures can me insulting, complimentary or even political. So here we go into the depths of this comedic suite…. The upper flutes and xylophone then enter with a bouncy kabalebsky melody, which is very catchy!

The trumpets are accompanying with fast quavers. A syncopated section is then heard, which leads us back into the introductory passage and melody. A timpani kabalevskky leads us into a minor section, which changes the atmosphere. The brass are muted, but the tempo stays fairly similar to that of the section before.

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A long chord is held before a sudden quaver note, led by the upper winds and xylophone, which ends this short movement. This is, by far, the most famous movement of them all, and for me it is perhaps the most exciting! I have played arrangements of this before in wind bands and it is such fun to kabapevsky It coowns with kabaevsky frantic fast march feel, with the brass layering F major chords under the shrill woodwinds. The main theme is then heard, this is led by the upper brass and is very much driven by the snare drum.

My favourite part is the next section with the swirling strings, which play an ascending scalic theme. This heightens the tension until the ensemble then repeat the initial melody once more. The second theme is then varied by the xylophone, this is then shadowed by the strings. The brass play strong tonic chords, which again lead back to the first theme. The swirling strings play once more, this time on different chords.


The last leg of the piece is a repeat of the first theme again, ending on a strong F major chord at the end, played by the whole ensemble. The third movement starts with a slower tempo. This time it is accompanied by the snare drum. A chromatic shift in the strings leads us into the dominant key for the next section. The oboes and clarinets lead this melody. The tonality shifts back to the tonic and the initial theme is heard until a tonic chord is held and the movement finishes.

The clarinet starts a melodic statement, which is finished by the oboe. This is then varied by the string section. The accompaniment to this clownz by the lower brass, who keep a steady tempo. The tonality shifts, but is soon brought back to the tonic when the first theme returns.

The horns proclaim a fanfare, which leads to the next section, which is very short. The movement ends with a scale from the woodwind, leading to a tonic note. This movement starts with a snare roll and the lower strings, who play a quite dark and slow melodic phrase. This section feels like its dragging somewhat, which gives it a raw and deep sound. The strings lead this whole section. The ensemble enter and play some closns chords. Whilst the strings play a variation of the theme, the trumpet plays syncopated clownd.

To me, this movement feels like a proclamation of something. The movement ends with a strong brass interlude, ending cllwns a kwbalevsky chord. This has a much different atmosphere to the previous movement. The muted trumpets answer this initial melody, which is subsequently passed around the orchestra. The strings play pizzicato, which give it a light and bouncy feel. The main theme returns, leading to the end which is a vast contrast to the rest of the movement.

A clarinet solo begins this lovely movement off. The horn takes the main melody and plays a wonderful transition section. The oboes then do the same thing, accompanied by the strings, who whirl up into the theme in an upper register. Kanalevsky is again another dance-based movement, which is quite slow in tempo. Led by the strings, the initial melody is played. Chromatic shifts give this melody lots of colour and vibrancy against the accompaniment.

The melody is passed between the strings and oboes primarily until the second section which is led by the clarinets. The strings return and take over from the winds. A chromatic rall makes the tension rise, and is then broken when the beginning of the movement is repeated once more. The piece ends on a full-ensemble tonic chord. This movement is very fast-paced and begins with an intricate string motif. This is then answered by the upper strings. I find this section comical and playful, which is then contrasted with the more serious middle section.


The playful section returns and the tempo is brought back up.

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The semiquaver passage nearly sounds like they could be ornamental turns, due to their tempo. The next section is again in a more serious tone, with the flute taking a variation solo.

The strings return once more to end this movement with the first melody. The final movement of the suite begins with a fast swirl of a descending chromatic scale, which gives a peppy and exciting start to the movement. I find that this movement shadows some of the previous movements, for instance the second movement.

Lots of fast passage-work is played by various instruments. A slightly slower section is heard, which is emphasised by the xylophone. Chromaticism is heard throughout this movement which gives lots of harmonic colour to the piece. The movements with an exciting passage which ends with strong full-ensemble chords, finally ending on a you guessed it! That brings us to the end of this wonderful suite, and with 10 movements, it only takes about minutes to play through them all! Kabalevsky was a wonderful composer who has contributed so much to both classical music and music education.

I do hope you have enjoyed this light-hearted work, which brings such happiness to lots of people. Watch this space for what day L has in store for us tomorrow! Your email address will not be published. When Tower was nine, her family moved to Bolivia, which she describes as an integral part of Read more…. After deciding that a career as a composer Read more….

The 10 movements are as follows: So here we go into the depths of this comedic suite… I. Little Lyrical Scene A clarinet solo begins this lovely movement off.

Scherzo This movement is very fast-paced and begins with an intricate string motif. Image Source Recommended Recordings: Leave a Reply Cancel reply. What’s on your mind?

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