Symphony No.13 for soloist (bass), bass choir and orchestra, to words by Y. Yevtushenko. B flat Minor.
In the Store (Adagio)
A Career (Allegretto)
Premiere: December 18, 1962. Moscow. Great Hall of the Conservatoire. Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow State Philharmonia. Bass choir of the Republican Russian Capella Choir and Male Choir of the Gnesin State Music Institute. Conductor K. Kondrashin. Soloist A. Gromadsky.
Premiere abroad: 1970. Philadelphia. Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Conductor E. Ormandy.
First Edition: Score, “Sovietskii kompozitor” Publishers, Moscow, 1971.
During preparation of this score for publication Yevtushenko introduced changes to the text.
Manuscripts: The hand-written score is in the archive of the composer’s family.
“The public behaviour of the individual citizen has always attracted me and given me food for thought. In the Thirteenth Symphony I focused on the question of civic, specifically civic, morality. “
(Quotation from M. Shaginyan. “On Shostakovich”, Moscow 1979.