Tahiti Trot

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Tahiti Trot, Op. 16, is Dmitri Shostakovich's 1927[1] orchestration of "Tea for Two" from the musical No, No, Nanette by Vincent Youmans.

Shostakovich wrote it in response to a challenge from conductor Nikolai Malko: after the two listened to the song on record at Malko's house, Malko bet 100 roubles that Shostakovich could not completely re-orchestrate the song from memory in under an hour. Shostakovich took him up and won, completing the orchestration in around 45 minutes.[2]

Tahiti Trot was first performed in Moscow on 25 November 1928,[2] and has been a popular encore ever since. It was used as an entr'acte for the ballet The Golden Age at the suggestion of conductor Aleksandr Gauk.[2]

Notes and references

  1. "Dmitri Shostakovich: Tahiti-Trot, op.16". Retrieved 2008-05-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra: program notes