Violin Concerto No.1 with orchestra. A Minor.
Written in 1947-1948.
1. Nocturne (Moderato)
II. Scherzo (Allegro)
III. Passacaglia (Andante)
IV. Burlesque (Allegro con brio)
Dedication: "To David Fyodorovich Oistrakh"
Premiere: October 29, 1955 in the Great Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonia. Conductor: Y. Mravinsky. Soloist: D. Oistrakh.
Premiere abroad: December 1955. New York. Carnegie Hall. Orchestra of New York Philharmonia. Conductor D. Mitropoulos. Soloist D. Oistrakh.
Manuscripts: The hand-written score is in the Glinka State Central Museum for Musical Culture (Stack 32, Item 43).
The piano score is in the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art.
First Edition: Score, "Muzgiz" Publishers, Moscow, 1956.
"We listened to Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto in his flat with the composer playing it on the piano. Shostakovich was playing from the score with virtuosity, which impressed us for its own sake (it is still a mystery for me how he managed to bring out the full texture of the Scherzo without missing out a single note of the violin part)..."
(V. Yuzefovich, "David Oistrakh: Conversations with Igor Oistrakh" Moscow, 1978)
"A concerto always presents the performer with a particularly interesting task.This is, if you like, a significant, rich and 'Shakespearean' role, demanding total emotional and
intellectual commitment from the performer..."
("D. Oistrakh. Great Artist of our Time" in the book: "D. Shostakovich: Articles and Other Materials", Moscow, 1976)