Symphony No.11. “The Year 1905”. G Minor.
Completed on August 4, 1957
Palace Square (Adagio)
January 9th (Allegro)
The Everlasting Memory (Adagio)
Alarm (Allegro non troppo)
Premieres: Moscow. Great Hall of the Conservatoire. October 30, 1957. State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR. Conductor N. Rakhlin.
In Leningrad this symphony was performed for the first time on November 3, 1957 in the Great Hall of the Philharmonia by the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Philharmonia.Conductor Y. Mravinsky.
Premieres abroad: December 14, 1958, New York. Carnegie Hall. New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor L. Stokowski.
April 1959. Paris. National Orchestra of the French Radio. Conductor A. Cluytens.
First Edition: Score, “Sovietskii kompozitor” Publishers, 1958.
Manuscript: The hand-written score is in the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art (Stack 2048, Inv. 2, Item 1).
“The theme of this symphony is the revolution of 1905. I am very fond of this period in the history of our Motherland which is vividly reflected in workers’ revolutionary songs. I don’t know whether I shall quote the tunes of these songs widely in my Symphony, but its musical language is going to be close in character to Russian revolutionary songs.”
(D. Shostakovich, “Thoughts about the Road behind me”, “Sovietskaya Muzyka”, 1956, No.9)