"The Counterplan". Music for the film.
Script-writers: L.Arnshtam, F. Ermler, S. Yutkevich and D. Del. Directors: F. Ermler and S. Yutkevich. "Rosfilm" studios. 1932.
"Song about the Counterplan" to words by B. Kornilov
In 1942 this song with a new text and in a new arrangement by G. Rom was published in the USA under the title "United Nations"
Released on November 7, 1932
Manuscripts: Whereabouts of the hand-written score unknown. Rough drafts for the songs are in the Glinka State Central Museum for Musical Culture (Stack 32, Item 260). Orchestral and choral scores for separate pieces are kept in the Leningrad State Archive for Literature and Art. (Stack 2048, Inv. 16, Item 257).
First Edition: "Muzgiz" Publishers, Moscow-Leningrad, 1933. D. Shostakovich, Collected Works, Volume 41, Moscow, 1987.
The song was first published in a separate edition in 1933 (Moscow-Leningrad,"Muzgiz Publishers").
"The little song from 'The Counterplan' turned out to be the first swallow among Soviet film songs, which flew from the screen out into the masses. People took to it, sang it and went on singing it. Now it has flown off and away ... it crossed the ocean and became a hymn for progressive people; in Switzerland, for example, it became a wedding song. In the end this tune lost its author and this is a case to make an author very proud. The destiny of the little song from "The Counterplan" planted many new ideas in my mind. It made me realize that music written as an integral part of a film should not lose its own independent value when
separated from it".
(D. Shostakovich, "Cinema as a School for the Composer". From the book "Thirty Years of Soviet Cinematography", Moscow, 1950)