Symphony No.12 “1917”. D Minor.
Revolutionary Petrograd (moderato)
Razliv (Allegro - Adagio)
“Aurora” - Allegretto
The Dawn of Humanity (L’istesso tempo)
(No breaks between any of the parts)
Dedication: “To the Memory of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin”.
Premiere: October 1, 1961. Great Hall of the Conservatoire. State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR. Conductor K. Ivanov.
First Edition: Score, “Sovietskii kompozitor” Publishers, 1961.
Manuscript: The author’s manuscript is in the archive of the composer’s family.
“Writing a symphony dedicated to the memory of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin has been a cherished dream of mine for years. The idea for this symphony first came to me back in 1924, when the whole people was deep in mourning.”
(D. Shostakovich. “In Memory of the Leader”, “Leningradskaya Pravda”, January 20, 1940)
“I was a witness to the events of the October Revolution. I was among those who heard Lenin speak on the square in front of the Finnish Station on the day he arrived back in Petrograd. Although I was very young at the time, the event is imprinted on my mind for ever. The memories of those unforgettable days, are, of course, helping me in my work on the symphony.”
(D. Shostakovich talking about his work on Symphony No.12, “Muzykalnaya Zhizn”, 1960, No.21)