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Expectation (waltz)

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"'Expectation'" (Russian: ) is a Russian song composed by Herold Lavrentievich Kittler ( ). The only thing known about the author is that he served as a conductor of the 6th Tavrichesky Grenadier Regiment in the year 1914.

The origin of this piece is nebulous, as many Klezmer orchestras know this song as a Yiddish piece and plenty of Russians claim this is a Soviet Army song. An even less well known song that goes by the name Awaiting uses the same melody with Russian lyrics. The original version of the song was written in F Minor and B minor while the Klezmer version for the accordion and clarinet is in D Minor or E Minor. Expectation is mostly made of minor notes along with relative minor thirds and sub-4th octaves, adding to its solemnity.

This piece has been featured in many places, such as the Russian film "The Optimistic Tragedy" and a famous Klezmer player Dave Tarras' album Freilach in Hi-Fi. Most of these appearances do not list the true song's name. However, plenty of sheet music appears online for the song, mainly for accordion.

Category:1906 songs

Category:Russian songs


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