"The Tale of the Silly Baby Mouse". Music for a cartoon film.
Manuscripts: Whereabouts of the hand-written score unknown.
Fragments of the vocal parts and scores are in the Leningrad State Archive for Literature and Art (Stack 257, Inv. 16, Item 2105).
Piano score in the family archive.
First Edition: D. Shostakovich, Collected Works, Vol. 41, Moscow, 1987.
"Animation is also a very interesting technique, which demands an equally effective expression in music. <...> I have been working with great satisfaction on this piece.
It is my first experience of working on music for a children's film. <...> The music for this film consists of a lullaby, which is sung by a mouse, a duck, a piglet, a toad, a horse, a pike and a cat. The song varies according to the character of the singer. The music is merry and lyrical.
<...> the cat won't eat the little mouse, Old Dog Polkan will save the Mouse."
(D. Shostakovich. "Music in the Cinema. Notes of a Composer" "Literaturnaya gazeta", April 10, 1939.