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Dmitri Shostakovich – New Collected Works in 150 Volumes

Dmitri Shostakovich's New Collected Works in 150 volumes will make the whole of Shostakovich's (1906-1975) vast compositional heritage accessible to professional musicians, performers and researchers.

A collection of his compositions was never published during the composer's life. The first attempt to publish such a collection was Shostakovich's Collected Works in 42 volumes put out by Muzyka Publishers in 1979-1987. Nevertheless, for various reasons of both a practical and ideological nature, the first collection of Shostakovich's works proved very incomplete. It did not include the extensive ballet scores of the end of the 1920s-first half of the 1930s The Golden Age and The Bolt, and such major works as "Five Interludes from the Opera Katerina Izmailova", Op. 114(a), and Eight British and American Folk Songs. Moreover, due to time restrictions, such works as Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (first version) or "Anti-Formalist Rayok" could not be published.

The publication was subjected to censorship distortions, in particular, the author's dedications to outstanding Russian musicians Mstislav Rostropovich (cello concertos) and Galina Vishnevskaya ("Satires" and Seven Poems by Alexander Blok), to painter Pyotr Vilyams (Quartet No. 4), to composer Mikhail Kvadri, who was sentenced to death by firing squad in 1929 (Symphony No. 1), and to conductor and pianist Maxim Shostakovich (Concertino for Two Pianos, Piano Concerto No. 2) were removed. The author's will was grossly violated during publication of Symphony No. 13, in the first part of which was printed the text of a poem changed after the premiere and rejected by the composer.

New Collected Works fundamentally differs from Shostakovich's Collected Works in 42 volumes primarily in its full embrace of the composer's creative work. lt includes all his works known today, as well as most of Shostakovich's instrumented compositions by other authors. Over 80 of his works are being published for the first time.

Among the compositions published are Eight British and American Folk Songs, "Anti-Formalist Rayok", Suite of "Waltzes" for Symphony Orchestra in Eight Parts, "Poem of the Motherland, " Op. 74, Two Pieces (1. Elegy, and 2. Polka) for string quartet, Moderato for cello and piano, marches for wind orchestra of the 1940s-1960s, adaptation of Russian folk songs "The Cudgel" and "Hey, Let's Bang!", survived fragments of the youth opera The Gypsies on the poem by Alexander Pushkin, and children's compositions for the piano.

The scores of the opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (first version, Op. 29, 1932) and ballets The Golden Age, Op. 22, The Bolt, Op. 27 and The Limpid Stream, Op. 39 are being published for the first time. Five Interludes from the Opera Katerina Izmailova, Suite for Variety Symphony Orchestra in Eight Parts, and the author's version of Six Romances on Verses by British Poets for bass soloist and big symphony orchestra, Op. 62(a), are also being published for the first time. This publication also included previously unknown chamber works, for example, fugues of the 1930s for piano, preludes for string quartet, piano and trumpet, piano versions of two Scherzos (Op. 1 and 7) and Themes with Variations B flat major, Op. 3. New Collected Works also includes unpublished parts of incidental and film music, author's piano arrangements of symphonies and other orchestral compositions, as well as several string quartets; the piano transcriptions of symphonies by Igor Stravinsky and Arthur Honegger, and many more.

The New Collected Works of Dmitri Shostakovich also includes works recently found in archives: Suite from the Opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District in three parts, Op. 29(a), compiled by the composer immediately after completion of the opera (1932), two parts of the authentic score for the stage revue Declared Dead, Op. 31 (1931): No. 1. Overture and No. 2.

Destruction of the City; Seven Adaptations of Finnish Folk Songs (Suite on Finnish Themes, 1939), Suite No. 2 for Jazz Orchestra in Three Parts (1938), Interlude from the Opera Katerina Izmailova (between scenes 6 and 7) instrumented for a symphony orchestra without a band (1970s).

Each volume is accompanied by scientific textological comments and articles containing detailed factual information about how the composition came about.

Facsimiles of the preserved author's manuscripts of Shostakovich's numerous outlines and rough drafts, which are of immense value for studying his creative work, as well as the musical interpretation of these author's manuscripts, are being published in New Collected Works for the first time. The interpretation principles used are explained in special articles.

Shostakovich's New Collected Works is being published in two languages - Russian and English. The texts of vocal compositions are printed in Russian and accompanied by a Latin transliteration.