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1922

Death of his Father.

Theme with Variations for orchestra (op. 3).

Two Fables of Krilov with voice and orchestra: “The Dragon-fly and the Ant”; “The Ass and the Nightingale” (op. 4).

Three Fantastic Dances for Piano (op. 5).

Suite for Two Pianos (op. 6).


1920 ... “Outstanding musical and virtuoso talent...”
1921 -  “Such early development takes us by surprise...”
1922 ... “A musician of outstanding talent... Astonishing and thrilling...”
(From notes made by the Rector of the Petrograd Conservatoire, A. Glazunov, about D. Shostakovich).

Leo Arnshtam: 
“We were incredibly happy... These were times of such incredible happiness, of such enthusiasm for bringing the people together... Mayakovsky wrote at the time his `Command for the Armies of Art`: ‘The streets are our brushes, the squares are our palettes... Bring the  pianos into the streets’. Pianos really were pulled into the streets. .. Shostakovich and the other students from the Conservatoire were sent out in a lorry, on to which a piano was hoisted and that was how we hurtled round the city, from one end to the other, playing and lecturing... What mattered was absorbing all the meaning and the music of the Revolution...
“There was an endless succession of revolutionary celebrations that we rushed off to...”
(From an interview given to O. Dvornichenko.)

 







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