Shostakovich: Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two)


‘Tahiti Trot’ is Shostakovich’s unique and brilliantly humorous take on ‘Tea for Two’ here scored for wind quintet. A top-seller and a real crowd pleaser!

  • Instruments : Fl.+Picc. Ob. Cl.(in Bb) Hn. Bsn.
  • Difficulty : D
  • Duration : 3’30
  • ISMN : 979-0-708088-01-1
  • Portus Press reference : PPQ2


In 1925 Victor Youmans, wrote what was to become easily his most famous song, “Tea for Two”, from his Broadway musical “No, No, Nanette”.  The song’s popularity was world-wide and, in 1928, after listening to it together on record, the conductor, Malko, bet the Russian composer Shostakovich (then 22 years old) that he couldn’t orchestrate the number, from memory, in less than an hour. Shostakovich evidently rose to the challenge, earning himself 100 roubles, having produced his arrangement in just 40 minutes!  He later included “Tahiti Trot” (as he named it) in his ballet “The Golden Age” where it was encored at almost every performance.

This is a truly unique take on Tea for Two: one of my best sellers and a real crowd pleaser – great for encores!  Chin!  Chin!

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 For copyright reasons this title is only available in printed sheet music format.

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