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Mussorgsky - Gopak (Hopak) for viola and piano

Mussorgsky - Gopak (Hopak) for viola and piano

Mussorgsky - Gopak (Hopak) for viola and piano. You can download the PDF sheet music Mussorgsky - Gopak (Hopak) for viola and piano on this page. Gopak (Hopak) from Sorochintsy Fair (in a beautiful transcription for viola and piano) is a wedding dance scene. A gopak (or hopak) is a traditional dance in the Ukraine; it is energetic music in duple time and it can be danced either as a group or solo. The interval of a perfect fifth at the beginning evokes a traditional Ukrainian string instrument called bandura. This is a good example of traditional music being incorporated into art music, especially for viola. This piece can also be found in Act 3, Scene 2 of an original opera.

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Instrument part: 2 pages. 1256 K


Piano part: 5 pages. 2977 K


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Modest Mussorgsky seems to have decided to turn the Ukrainian tale into a comic opera in 1874. In 1875 he began work on the comic opera in earnest. He fashioned Gogol's Sorochintsi Fair narrative into a 3-act outline, but he then worked on the opera piecemeal, starting with Act 2 and roughing out the libretto for the various sections as he composed them. Between August and October 1879, during a concert tour, Mussorgsky included in the programmes fragments from Sorochintsi Fair and was encouraged by the audience response. The dynamic dance Hopak - have pursued an independent existence in the concert halls, becoming the only parts of Sorochintsi Fair that most music lovers know. This viola transcription was made by V. Borisovsky.
25 March 2019
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