Cello Concerto No.1. E flat major.
3. Cadenza (Moderato Allegro non troppo)
4. Allegro con moto (non troppo)
Dedication: “To Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich”.
Premieres: October 4, 1959. Leningrad. Great Hall of the Philharmonia. Conductor Y. Mravinsky. Soloist M. Rostropovich.
Premiere in Moscow. October 9, 1959. Great Hall of the Conservatoire. Conductor A. Gauk.
First Edition: Score, “Muzgiz” Publishers, Moscow, 1961.
Manuscript: In the archive of M. Rostropovich.
“My next major work is going to be a concerto for cello and orchestra. The first part - an Allegretto in the spirit of a merry march - is already complete. <...> ...this concerto has been planned for quite a long time. The initial impetus for writing it was coming across Sergei Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante for cello and orchestra. This work aroused my lively interest and made me keen to turn to this genre”.
(“Creative Plans of Dmitri Shostakovich”, “Sovietskaya Kultura” - June 6, 1959)