Overture on Russian and Kirghiz folk themes for orchestra. C Major.
Premiere: October 10, 1963. Performed by the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the USSR. Conductor K. Ivanov.
First Edition: The score was published by “Muzfond” Publishers in 1963 and by “Muzyka” Publishers in 1967.
Manuscripts: The hand-written score is in the Museum of the city of Frunze (now Bishkek). Drafts are in the archive of the composer’s family.
“Not only were we enchanted by the natural beauty of Kirghizia, but we also could see for ourselves how rapidly its culture was developing, how much you could meet at every turn that was new, bright and full of joy.”
(D. Shostakovich. “I am looking for a libretto...”, “Izvestia”, August 20, 1963)