Sonata for Violin and Piano. G Major.
Written in Moscow in the autumn of 1968
1. Pastorale (Andante)
2. Allegro furioso. Allegretto
3. Theme with Variations (Largo. Andante. Largo)
Dedication: “To David Oistrakh (for his 60th birthday)”.
Premiere: May 3, 1969. Moscow. Great Hall of the Conservatoire. Performed by D. Oistrakh and S. Richter.
First Edition: 1969, Anglo-Soviet Music Press (London, Boosey & Hawkes); 1970, “Muzyka” Publishers, Moscow.
Manuscripts: The hand-written score in the Glinka State Central Museum for Musical Culture (Stack 385). Rough drafts in the archive of the composer’s family.
“Shostakovich had the idea of making me a gift and writing a second concerto to coincide with my sixtieth birthday. He was a year out though. The concerto was ready by my fifty-ninth birthday. <...> Evidently, Shostakovich thought, that as he had made a mistake, it needed to be put right. That is how the Sonata for Violin and Piano came into being.... I had not expected it, although I had long dreamt that Shostakovich might write a violin sonata.
It was a wonderful gift, not just for me, of course, but to our country’s music as a whole”
(“D. Oistrakh. A Great Artist of Our Times” In the book: “D. Shostakovich. Articles and Other Materials”, Moscow, 1976)