Just a remark OT that I feel I have to make:
Since the video Jody is pointing to appears not to be available in Europe, YT gave me, of all the versions possibly out there ... André Rieu - which happens to make for a horrid experience. I reckon Shostakovich has written the piece in either a cynical attitude or as a grotesque bourgeois. As for the latter, the tasteless Rieu performance and creepy audience are making, if not willingly, for a perfect illustration - like a scene right from hell below.
Back to the topic: I appreciate your approach to just reclaim the musical core of the A section, Jody. However, a more folkish way of playing it might then be considered. It's probably beyond the notation anyway. I guess I would keep the diminished chords, but might through in some different harmony towards the (repetitive) end. The rest would be ornamentation...
I'll stick to it anyway. Best wishes - Wolf
PS: Like this little waltz (like myself, apparently Jody and many others) or not, I'm pretty sure DS would have felt like blowing his brain out facing the idea of just this piece of Walzer-Seligkeit surviving of his catalogue of both deep and ambitious music...
(edited to just erase a repeated word; please note that the above has happened to be a one-stroke - as far as the topic is not concerned - rant)
Edited by Wolf Molkentin, 09 December 2017 - 05:32 AM.