Russian Dance by William West

"Another fantastic composition, it reminds me of the Mamushka from the Addams Family movie. "
- Jonny Lost

July 2004 was the 25th Anniversary of Russian Dance - one of my earliest compositions.
This recording of Russian Dance is basically the introduction to the work. More like an Overture than a single song, Russian Dance is a potpourri of many musical themes and ideas.

In July of 1979, I began writing what I would later call “Russian Dance.” The first part of the composition was based on a folk theme and a variation on the same theme. In December of 1980 I completed the second part consisting of another theme and added a second folk style melody to the mix.

Russian Dance debuted on August 13, 1981 at my Senior Piano Recital. The piece was performed twice publicly since then.

Hot off the presses! Recorded Sunday, February 29, 2004. This new recording features The Garritan Personal Orchestra and The Malmsjo Grand Piano (circa 1894). I hope you will enjoy it.

Russian Dance - Video


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English Horn
B flat Clarinet
A flat Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
French Horns (3)
Piccolo Trumpet
Trumpet in C (2)
Trombone (3)
Bass Drum
Snare Drum
Grand Piano
Violins 1
Violins 2


Instruments complements of the Garritan Personal Orchestra
Sequenced and Recorded on Cakewalk's Sonar 3 Producer Edition Digital Multi-track Recording System
Mastered on Sony's Soundforge 6 and Steinberg's Wavelab
Recorded Sunday, February 29, 2004

Copyright 2004
Traddstreet Music, BMI