Five pieces for two violins and piano II Gavotte (D Shostakovich) Classic style banjo

This is an example of a "what if..." situation. Despite some people considered him as a "propaganda" composer, the first time I heard this piece I immediately though "that would sound nice on banjo!". May be Shostakovich was thinking on a banjo when he composed the Gavotte for his Third Suite for ballet "The Human Comedy" in 1952. Well...may be not!, but I gave a try on banjo!. I will share the score with the tablature in the next days.

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Comment by German David Patarroyo on October 13, 2013 at 20:51

Ok, ok it is not a Morley, Grimshaw, Weidt, etc´s piece, but I really wanted to try this piece on banjo since I heard for the first time. Also, it was a nice opportunity for practicing in the middle part of the fretboard. A small quotation: I put the right hand fingers closer to the fretboard in order to have a particular sound.

However, don´t worry guys, I continue practicing new pieces of genuine banjo composers!


Comment by Mike Moss on October 13, 2013 at 23:08

What a remarkable arrangement! Very effective, and, as you said in the description, very good use of the fingerboard. For this feat, Comrade Patarroyo, you will be made a People's Artist 1st class of the RSFSR!

Comment by Pertti Vuori on October 14, 2013 at 9:29

Hi German

Thanks for sharing.

Last summer I played quite often Beethoven's Minuet in G, and I thought that Beethoven had used banjo when he composed that tune. If we continue to play classical music with banjo we may find other banjoists besides Beethoven and Shostakovich.

Comment by marc dalmasso on October 14, 2013 at 10:28

yes __keep on keepin ( picking  ) on

Comment by German David Patarroyo on October 14, 2013 at 17:39

Thanks for the comments! (Comrade Moss, Pertti, Marc). Next week I will probably share a small piece of the Stahl´s tutorial. Also I am working in two more pieces (one of Morley), besides the eternal Clematis Waltz (I almost got it!).

I have other ideas with classical music but it will take time to share one...I spent almost 4 months trying this gavotte.

Comment by Richard William Ineson on October 15, 2013 at 7:52

I had never considered that the music of Shostakovich might be played on the banjo, this piece might have been written for the banjo, it suits the instrument very well. I agree that we should be expanding our horizons and looking at the works of the masters in particular, has anybody tried Stockhausen's Helicopter String Quartet for instance? I think that this has possibilities.

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