Symphony No.7. C Major
Was written in Leningrad in 1941 in the first months of the war.
The score was completed on December 27, 1941 in the town of Kuibyshev.
2. Moderato (poco allegretto)
4. Allegro non troppo
(no break between Parts 3 and 4)
Dedication: "To the City of Leningrad".
Premieres: March 5, 1942 in Kuibyshev at the Palace of Culture. Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre of the USSR. Conductor S. Samosud.
The concert was broadcast by all radio-stations of the Soviet Union and relayed abroad. A speech by Shostakovich was broadcast live before the symphony was played.
March 9. 1942 the symphony was played in Moscow, in the Hall of Columns of the House of Unions. Conductor S. Samosud.
July 9. 1942 in Novosibirsk. Orchestra of the Leningrad Philharmonia. Conductor Y. Mravinsky.
August 9, 1942: Symphony No.7 was played in Leningrad under siege, in the Great Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonia. It was performed by an orchestra conducted by K.Eliasberg.
Premieres abroad: June 22, 1942 in London. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Henry Wood.
July 19, 1942 in New York. Orchestra of the National Radio Corporation of the USA. Conductor A. Toscanini.
August 14, 1942 in Boston. Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor S. Koussevitzky.
September 10, 1942. Mexico City. Conducted by K Chavez.
In 1942-1943 Symphony No.7 was also played in Canada, Argentina,Peru and Uruguay. During the 1945/46 season first performances of the symphony took place in Paris, Prague, Belgrade, Rome, Oslo, Vienna, Sofia, Budapest, Copenhagen,
Krakow and Zagreb. During the 1946/47 season the symphony was also performed in Berlin.
First Edition: "Muzgiz" Publishers, 1942.
Manuscripts: Hand-written score in the Glinka State Central Museum for Musical Culture (Stack 32, Item 2).
"My dear friends! I am speaking to you from Leningrad, while at the very gates to the city fierce battles with the enemy are raging...I am speaking from the front-line.
Yesterday morning I completed the score of the second part of my new symphonic work. <...> I am telling you this so that you all should know that the danger threatening Leningrad has not put a stop to its full-blooded life. <...> All of us are now doing our 'guard-duty'. <...> Soviet musicians, my dear and countless comrades-at-arms, my friends! Remember that a great danger is threatening our Motherland, our life and our art! Let us come to the defence of our Motherland, our life,
our music. Let us work with honest and selfless commitment!"
(From a broadcast on Leningrad Radio on September 16, 1941)
"I completed the first part of this work on September 3rd, the second part on September 17th and the third on September 29th.
Now I am completing the fourth and final part. I have never composed at such a pace before."
("Vechernyaya Moskva" - October 8, 1941)