Ten poems on texts of revolutionary poets of the late 19th and early 20th century for a mixed unaccompanied choir.
Bravely Comrades on we go! Words by L. Radin;
One of the Many! Words by Y. Tarasov;
On to the Streets! Anonymous;
Meeting on a Train for Exiles! Words by A. Gmyrev;
To those who have fallen. Words by A. Gmyrev;
January 9th. Words by A. Kotz;
The Last Volleys. Words by Y. Tarasov;
They are the Victors. Words by A. Gmyrev;
Song of May. Words by A. Kotz;
Song. Words by V. Tan - Bogoraz (taken from Walt Whitman).
Premiere: October 10, 1951. Great Hall of the Conservatoire. State Choir for Russian Songs and Boys' Choir of the Moscow Choir School conducted by A. Sveshnikov.
First Edition: "Muzgiz" Publishers, Moscow, 1952.
Manuscript: Hand-written score in the Glinka State Central Museum for Musical Culture (Stack 32, Item 22).
"The ten poems are linked together by a common theme - the revolution of 1905. I don't know to what extent I managed to convey the spirit of those times. Yet the music was bound to reflect the enormous impact which Russian revolutionary songs always had on me".
("Ten Poems for a Choir". A New Work by D. Shostakovich. "Vechernyaya Moskva, September 27, 1951)