Khachaturian, A :: Sabre Dance

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  • Composer
    Khachaturian, A
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Quintet
  • Publisher
    Musicians Publications [WQ264]
  • Editor
    Holcombe Jr, Bill
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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Sabre Dance
Khachaturian, A

Musicians Publications presents Aram Khachaturian s Sabre Dance from his ballet, Gayne arranged for woodwind quintet by Bill Holcombe Jr.

Aram Khachaturian was born in the Soviet Republic of Georgia in 1903. Among his most popular works are his piano concerto (1936), violin concerto (1940), and folk ballet Gayne (Happiness -- 1942) from which the Sabre Dance is excerpted. Gayne is about life on a collective farm in Armenia and has strong elements of Armenian and Russian folklore. The plot centers around Gayne, a loyal Armenian worker. Her tyrannical husband Giko betrays the Soviet government, turns arsonist and smuggler, and is finally captured by the heroic commander of the local militia. The Sabre Dance itself is based upon a Kurdish folk dance.

Much of Khachaturian's music reflects his Armenian ancestry. The traditions of romantic Russian music, and the Soviet concerns that music appeals to large, diverse groups of people and feature folk styles. The influence of Rimsky-Korsakov is evident from the large orchestra required for the Sabre Dance and the colorful orchestration featuring the winds and percussion. The steady pulse and the melodies which move chromatically around a repeated note suggests the influence of Armenian folk music. The form of the Sabre Dance is ABA. The steady pulse, the excitement of displaced accents, the colorful effects of the orchestration, and the incessant repetition of short melodic motives and simple progressions make the music interesting and enjoyable.

-John H. Planer

This woodwind quintet is intermediate-advanced in difficulty depending on the tempo performed at.

  • Composer
    Khachaturian, A
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Quintet
  • Publisher
    Musicians Publications [WQ264]
  • Editor
    Holcombe Jr, Bill
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined

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