“October”. Symphonic Poem for Orchestra. C Minor.
Premiere: September 16, 1967. Moscow. Orchestra of the Moscow State Philharmonia. Conductor M. Shostakovich.
First Edition: Score, “Muzyka” Publishers, 1969.
Manuscripts: The hand-written score is in the archive of the composer’s family.
“I had long planned to write a work dedicated to the Jubilee of our Soviet State, but had not achieved it. Then a few months ago I was at the ‘Mosfilm’ studios where they were preparing for the re-release of an old film by the Vasiliev brothers, ‘Volochayevka Days’, for which I had written the music many years before. I felt that my ‘Partisan Song’ had turned out quite successfully. The film reminded me of it and utterly unexpectedly the whole of the Poem then fell into place. I sat down to write. I re-wrote the main theme, filled with intonations from revolutionary songs and used as the second theme for the Poem the ‘Partisans’ Song’. I did a significant re-working of both. The result was a major symphonic work lasting 12-13 minutes. “
(“Pravda” - September 12, 1967)