Two Fables by I. Krilov for voice (mezzo-soprano) and orchestra.
1. "The Dragonfly and the Ant" for mezzo-soprano and orchestra.
D Major (Allegro).
2. "The Ass and the Nightingale" for a solo group of violas (mezzo-sopranos) with orchestra.
C Major (Allegro).
Dedication: "To M.V.Kvadri"
Manuscripts: in the Glinka State Central Museum for Musical Culture (Stack 32, Item 88) and the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art (Stack 2048, Inv. 1, Item 44).
First performance: February 2, 1977 in Tallinn by an orchestra and a female group from the student choir of the Moscow Conservatoire. Conductor G. Rozhdestvensky.
"During my student years I composed a good deal. I wrote in every possible genre and form. I composed many romances to words by Pushkin and Lermontov, to two fables of Krilov, a whole series of piano pieces and a number of symphony scores."
(D. Shostakovich, "Thoughts about the Road behind Me". "Sovietskaya Muzyka". 1956, No.9)