Symphony No.6. B Minor.
Premiere: November 5, 1939. Great Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonia. Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Philharmonia. Conductor Y. Mravinsky.
Premiere abroad: November 1940. Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor. L. Stokowski.
Manuscripts: Whereabouts of the hand-written score unknown. Rough draft in the Glinka State Central Museum for Musical Culture, Stack 32, Item 67.
First Edition: the score of Symphony No.6 was published in 1941 by "Muzgiz" Publishers, Moscow.
"The nature of the music in the Sixth Symphony will differ in mood and emotional tone from the Fifth Symphony, which was distinguished by moments of tragedy and tension.
In the later symphony music of a contemplative and lyrical kind predominates. I sought to convey in it moods of spring, joy and youthfulness".
("New Works by Shostakovich" "Leningradskaya Pravda", August 28, 1939)