Funeral-Triumphal Prelude in memory of the Heroes of Stalingrad. For orchestra. B flat Major.
Premiere: October 24, 1967. Moscow. Great Hall of the Conservatoire. State Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Y. Svetlanov.
First Edition: D. Shostakovich, Collected Works, Vol. 11, Moscow, 1984.
Manuscripts: In the archive of the composer’s family and the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art (Stack 2048, Inv.3, Item 2).
“Recently I received a letter from Volgograd with a request for me to write music in memory of the fallen as I had done a few years previously for Novorossiisk...
I wrote a short Funeral-Triumphal Prelude in memory of the heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad. I shall be happy if it is played on the day the monument on Mamaev Hill is opened.”
(“Pravda” - September 12, 1967)