Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

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The Comedians (Kabalevsky)


The Comedians, Op. 26, is an orchestral suite of ten numbers by Dmitry Kabalevsky. It is one of his best known and best-loved works.[1]

In particular, the “Comedians’ Galop” (No. 2) is the single most famous piece of music he ever wrote. It has the same recognition factor as an easily accessible work by a Soviet composer as the “Sabre Dance” from Aram Khachaturian‘s ballet Gayane (1942).


In 1938 or 1939, Kabalevsky wrote incidental music for a children’s play called The Inventor and the Comedians, by the Soviet Jewish writer Mark Daniel. The play was staged at the Central Children’s Theatre in Moscow, and it was about the German inventor Johannes Gutenberg and a group of travelling buffoons.[3][2][4] Mark Daniel died young the following year.[3]

Concert suite

In 1940, Kabalevsky chose ten short numbers from the incidental music and arranged them into a concert suite. The movements are:

  • Prologue: Allegro vivace
  • Comedians’ Galop: Presto
  • March: Moderato
  • Waltz: Moderato
  • Pantomime: Sostenuto e pesante
  • Intermezzo: Allegro scherzando
  • Little Lyrical Scene: Andantino semplice
  • Gavotte: Allegretto
  • Scherzo: Presto assai e molto leggiero
  • Epilogue: Allegro molto e con brio.

The Comedians has been frequently recorded, and is often coupled with Aram Khachaturian‘s Masquerade Suite on recordings

The “Galop” was used as the theme tune for the U.S. panel game show What’s My Line? for many years.

Today’s Quotation: Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) on the world, springs and hope

That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Moses Harry Horwitz, AKA Moe Howard (1897)

Moses Harry Horwitz, AKA Moe Howard (1897)

Howard was an American actor and comedian, best known as the leader of the Three Stooges. The fourth of five brothers, he never graduated high school and got into show business by running errands for performers. In 1923, he formed the vaudeville act accompanying Ted Healy that would later become the Three Stooges. The men went on to make more than 200 popular comedy shorts featuring their characteristic brand of violent slapstick. How did Howard come by his trademark bowl-shaped haircut? More… Discuss

Lernaean Hydra

Lernaean Hydra

In Greek and Roman mythology, the Hydra was a giant, multi-headed serpent-like monster that lived in the swamps of Lerna. Its breath and blood were toxic, and it terrorized the region for years. The goddess Hera had hoped it would kill Heracles, one of the many children her husband Zeus had fathered as a result of an extramarital affair. Heracles—also known as Hercules—was sent to slay the creature, but each time he cut off one of its heads, two more grew back. How did he finally kill the Hydra? More… Discuss