“Satires (Pictures of the Past)”. For voice and piano to words by Sasha Chernyi.
The work was completed on June 19, 1960
To a Critic
Dedication: “To G.P.Vishnevskaya”.
Premiere: February 22, 1961. Moscow. Small Hall of the Conservatoire. Performers M. Rostropovich and G. Vishnevskaya.
First Edition: D. Shostakovich, Vocal Works, “Muzyka” Publishers, Moscow, 1967.
Manuscript: The hand-written score is in the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art (Stack 2048, Inv. 2, Item 29).
“...Cheerful emotions are not alien to me. I have written five satirical romances to words by a well-known pre-revolutionary poet and satirist Sasha Chernyi. In a caustic and sarcastic way he makes fun of philistines from the reactionary years, which followed in the wake of the revolution of 1905. Chernyi writes with great malice about people who immersed themselves in mysticism and sought to hide away in a narrow, personal world”
(Quotation from M. Dolgopolov, “Joys of Creating for the People”, “Izvestia”, September 25, 1960)