Shostakovich’s ‘Festive Overture,’ for ocarina septet

Shostakovich composed his Festive Overture for full symphony orchestra, of course, and that’s the version that conductor Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony will perform at the annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular on Sept. 8. Meanwhile, here’s another version, amusing but impressive all the same, performed entirely on ocarinas by Jordan Moore, a student at the Eastman School of Music. –TM

The ocarinas used are:

Focalink Double Soprano G
Rotter 12-hole Soprano C
Rotter 10-hole Soprano G
Rotter 12-hole “Fairy” Alto C
Claudio Colombo Alto G
Claudio Colombo Bass C
Claudio Colombo Bass G
Claudio Colombo Contrabass C

Shostakovich’s ‘Festive Overture,’ for ocarina septet
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2 thoughts on “Shostakovich’s ‘Festive Overture,’ for ocarina septet

  • August 22, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Happy to see my Alma Mater continues to blaze new trails!


  • August 22, 2018 at 10:41 am

    What a talented young man! In addition to the technical perfection of his playing – particularly in terms of pitch and rhythm – he should be congratulated for a wise choice of repertoire: this piece, while masterfully written, has such minimal emotional/intellectual content that it suffers almost no loss of musical value from its “ocarinization”. Thank you Tim for presenting this fine and amusing video to us.


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