Theme with variations for orchestra. B flat Major.
Dedication: "To the blessed memory of Nikolai Aleksandrovich Sokolov"
Manuscripts: in the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art (Stack 2048, Inv. 1,Item 16; Inv. 2, Item 3).
First edition: D. Shostakovich, Collected Works, Vol. 10, Moscow, 1984.
"He was an excellent musician and teacher. I was able to acquire invaluable and lasting knowledge from him"
(D. Shostakovich, "Thoughts about the Road behind Me", "Sovietskaya Muzyka", 1956, No.9)
"The variations were written entirely under the influence of Glazunov. In one of them (the 8th) there were some subconscious attempts to move away from that influence. There were also some interesting rhythmic combinations.
All in all I regard the Variations and the Suite for two pianos as works that are completely unsuccessful. They were virtual copies of Glazunov (Variations) and partly copies of Glazunov and Tchaikovsky (Suite for Two Pianos)."
(From a letter to an unknown correspondent. 1926)