Sem' Tants Kukol
(Seven Dolls’ Dances)
Lyrical Waltz, Gavotte, Romance, Polka, The Little Ballerina, Hurdy-Gurdy, Dance.In 1944-45, Shostakovich wrote his Children's Notebook (opus 69), an album of easy piano pieces, for his daughter, Galya. This second album of children's piano pieces followed in 1952. These dances are derived from material from ballet suites that he wrote in 1949-50. They exist in both orchestral and piano versions. The melodies are lively and tuneful, though Shostakovich's sudden modulations into remote keys ensure that they never become banal. This duet arrangement shares the melody and accompaniment between the two guitars where appropriate, especially in the last piece, Dance, where the parts become 'conversational', copying phrases from one another.
Listen to superb renditions of Lyric Waltz
by Nick Faller and Babak Taghinia.