String Quartet No.1 for two violins, viola and cello. C Major. 1938.
3. Allegro molto
Premiere: October 10, 1938. Leningrad. Glazunov Quartet.
First Edition: The score of the quartet was published by “Muzgiz” Publishers in 1939.
Score. Moscow, SSK, 1947, “Steklograf”.
D. Shostakovich, Quartets, “Muzyka” Publishers, Moscow, 1964..
Manuscripts: Whereabouts of the hand-written score unknown.
The hand-written piano score and drafts of the quartets are in the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art (Stack 2048, Inv. 1, Item 26).
“When writing my first quartet, I tried to convey images of childhood - slightly naïve and filled with light and moods of springtime”
(D. Shostakovich, “On True and Sham Programmes” “Sovietskaya Muzyka”, 1951, No.5)
“I began writing it (First String Quartet) without any particular thoughts and feelings, thinking that nothing would come out of it, for the quartet is one of the most demanding musical genres. The first page I wrote as a kind of unusual exercise in quartet form, without imagining I should ever finish it. Later the work on it became truly absorbing and I wrote it incredibly quickly...”
“There is no point in looking for any special depth in this, my first quartet...”