Opus by Shostakovich

COMPOSITIONS by DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH:
Childhood and Youth (1906-1924)

Internet Edition compiled by Onno van Rijen

Last update: 19 August 2006


Clustering after Elizabeth Wilson's book "SHOSTAKOVICH: A Life Remembered":

  • Childhood and Youth (1906-1924)
  • The Young Composer Established (1925-1935)
  • Criticism and the Response to Criticism (1936-1940)
  • The War Years (1941-1945)
  • The Final Years of Stalinism (1946-1952)
  • The Thaw (1953-1961)
  • Regeneration (1962-1968)
  • The Last Years (1969-1975)


    Compositions without opus numbers are allotted a letter designation B, C, D, etc. to facilitate indexing

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    Childhood and Youth (1906-1924)

    Opus 1-9

    Opus 1: Scherzo F sharp minor for orchestra (1919)

    Originally for piano, dedicated to M. Steinberg.
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    Opus 2: Eight Preludes for piano (1919-1920)
    No. 1 Dedicated to B.M. Kustodiev: No. 2-5 to sister Maria; No. 6-8 to Natasha Kuba (first girl friend).
    First performance: 15 July 1926 in Leningrad by D. Shostakovich.
    1. Prelude in G minor
    2. Prelude in G major
    3. Prelude in E flat minor
    4. Prelude in B flat major
    5. Prelude in A minor - Allegro
    6. Prelude in F minor
    7. Prelude in D flat major
    8. Prelude in D flat major
    Opus 2B: Minuet, Prelude and Intermezzo for piano (1919-1920)
    Intermezzo is incomplete.
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    Opus 2C: Murzilka for piano (1920)
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    Opus 2D: Five Preludes for piano (1920-1921)
    From a collection of 24 Preludes, written in collaboration with fellow-students Feldt and Klements.
    1. Prelude in A minor - Allegro moderato e scherzando (opus 2 No. 5)
    2. Prelude in G major - Andante (opus 2 No. 2)
    3. Prelude in E minor - Allegro moderato
    4. Prelude in D flat major - Moderato (opus 2 No. 7)
    5. Prelude in F minor - Andantino (opus 2 No. 6)
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    Opus 2E: Orchestration of "I Waited in the Grotto" by Rimsky-Korsakov for soprano and orchestra (1921)
    Text by A. Maikov.
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    Opus 3: Theme and Variations B flat major for orchestra (1921-1922)
    Dedicated to the memory of N. Sokolov (teacher).
    1. Andantino
    2. Piu mosso (Vivace)
    3. Andante
    4. Allegretto
    5. Andante
    6. Allegro
    7. Moderato - Allegro - Moderato
    8. Largo
    9. Allegro
    10. Allegro molto
    11. Appasionato - Finale Allegro - Maestoso - Coda Presto
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    Opus 3B: Transcription of Theme and Variations B flat major for solo piano (1921-1922)

    Opus 4: "Two Fables of Krilov" for mezzo-soprano, female chorus and chamber-orchestra (1922)

    First performance: 2 February 1977 in Tallin by Moscow Conservatory Student Chorus and Orchestra.
    1. "The Dragon-Fly and the Ant" - Con moto
    2. "The Ass and the Nightingale" - Moderato
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    Opus 4B: Transcription of "Two Fables of Krilov" for mezzo-soprano and piano (1922)
    Transcription of opus 4, in this version no. 2 is substantially different.
    Opus 5: "Three Fantastic Dances" for piano (1922)
    Dedicated to J.Z. Schwartz (fellow student, pianist); originally published as opus 1.
    First performance: 20 March 1925 in Moscow Conservatory by D. Shostakovich.
    1. March in C major: Allegretto
    2. Waltz in G major: Andantino
    3. Polka in C major: Allegretto
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    Opus 6: Suite F sharp minor for two pianos (1922)
    Dedicated to the memory of D.B. Shostakovich (father).
    First performance: 20 March 1925 in Moscow Conservatory by L. Oborin and D. Shostakovich.
    Four pieces:
    1. Prelude in F sharp minor: Andantino
    2. Fantastic Dance in A minor: Allegro vivo
    3. Nocturne in D major: Andante
    4. Finale in F sharp minor: Adagio - Allegro molto
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    Opus 7: Scherzo E flat major for orchestra (1923-1924)
    Dedicated to P.B.Ryazanov (professor of composition at Leningrad conservatory).
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    Opus 7B: Transcription of Scherzo E flat major for solo piano (1923-1924)

    Opus 8: Trio for violin, cello and piano No. 1 (1923)

    Dedicated to T.I. Glivenko (girl friend).
    First performance: 20 March 1925 in Moscow Conservatory by N. Fedorov (violin), A. Egorov (cello) and L. Oborin (piano).
    In one movement: Andante - Allegro - Moderato - Allegro
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    Opus 9: Three pieces for cello and piano (1923-1924)
    Dedicated to sister Zoya, V.M. Bogdanov-Berezovsky (critic) and V.I. Kurchavov (poet friend); 4th piece destroyed; lost.
    First performance: 20 March 1925 in Moscow Conservatory by A. Egorov (cello) and D. Shostakovich (piano).
    1. Fantasia in F sharp minor
    2. Prelude in A minor
    3. Scherzo in C major

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