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Dmitri Kabalevsky:
What's a Galop

The kind of galop that Dmitri Kabalevsky put his suite The Comedians has nothing to do with horses. In fact, it's not even spelled the same as a horse's gallop. The one-l galop is a lively dance. Quite a few composers have written galops.

Music heard in this episode:
Kabalevsky: Galop from The Comedians
Johann Strauss, Sr.: Chinese Galop
Johann Strauss, Sr.: Banditsí Galop
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Klipp-Klapp Galop
Lanner: Tourbillon Galop (Whirlwind)
Schubert: Grazer Galop
Waldteufel: Grande Vitesse Galop
Smetana: Bayadere Galop
Liszt: Grand Galop Chromatique
Gottschalk: Tournament Galop
Sousa: Galop On Wings of Lightning
Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda

Other shows about Dmitri Kabalevsky:
About Dmitri Kabalevsky
The Comedians Suite
Musical Jokes
Incidental Music

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About Dmitri Kabalevsky
12/30/1904 - 2/14/1987
Born in Russia

Dmitri Kabalevsky was born in St. Petersburg, which was then the capital of Russia. He started playing the piano by ear when he was six. In 1918, after the Russian Revolution, the family moved to Moscow, where Dmitri finally started studying music -- including composition.

Kabalevsky lived in a difficult time and place for a composer. In the Soviet Union, the government told artists -- painters, writers, composers, you name it -- exactly what they were expected to create, and how it should look or sound. Kabalevsky managed to make the authorities happy as he continued to compose.

Kabalevsky wrote a lot of piano music, including pieces for children. He really enjoyed writing for children. Other Kabalevsky compositions include songs for children's chorus, and a set of songs for solo voice based on some wonderful Russian translations of Mother Goose rhymes. Of course, Kabalevsky also wrote plenty of adult pieces, including symphonies, concertos, and music for the theater.

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This Week's Quiz:

1. What is the time signature for a galop?





2.Is a galop fast or slow?



3. Who wrote the Bandits' Galop?

Felix Mendelssohn

Modest Moussorgsky

Gioachino Rossini

Johann Strauss, Sr.


Dmitri Kabalevsky
"Galop" from The Comedians

Composed in 1940
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Kenneth Jean, conductor

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