"Alone". Music for a film.
Scriptwriters and Directors: G. Kozintsev and L. Trauberg.
"Soyuzkino" (Leningrad Film Factory). Released on October 10, 1931.
Manuscripts: in the Glinka State Central Museum for Musical Culture (Stack 32,Item 109).
First Edition: D. Shostakovich, Collected Works, Vol. 41, Moscow, 1987.
" 'Alone' was not really a talking picture. Not because only the musical sections were recorded on the sound-track without including human speech... No, it was just a film in the old silent style. In those days people were only just beginning to experiment with methods and techniques for combining sound and images as an artistic whole."
(D. Shostakovich. "Cinema as a School for the Composer" in the book "Thirty Years of Soviet Cinematography", Moscow, 1950)
"Shostakovich was not offended by the lack of success or rather by the partial success of his first experience of working with us. He immediately launched into work with us on sound pictures. He wrote another 90 minutes of music for our first sound film 'Alone'. When I recall that film today I think to my self that the best thing in it was Shostakovich's music. To me it sounds remarkable. I would say that his music belied an understanding of a talking picture as it should be, when it is not just a question of a babble of human voices, but the expression of the characters' feelings, when the expression of pace, rhythm and time in music underlines what kind of reality is being shown on the screen. Shostakovich was very fond of the music for the film 'Alone'."
(From an interview given to O. Dvornichenko. Published for the first time)