“Loyalty”. Eight Ballads for a male chorus to words by Y. Dolmatovsky.
It was completed on February 13, 1970
The work was written for the centenary of Lenin’s birth.
Dedication: “To Gustav Gustavovich Ernesaks”
Premiere: December 5, 1970. Concert Hall “Estonia”. State Academic Male Chorus of the Estonian SSR. The Moscow premiere of the cycle of ballads “Loyalty” took place on February 25, 1971 in the Great Hall of the Conservatoire with the same performers. Conductor G. Ernels.
First Edition: “Muzyka” Publishers, Moscow, 1970.
Manuscripts: The hand-written score is in the archive of the composer’s family.
“In this historic year, the centenary of Lenin’s birth, each of us is obliged to look back over his past life, to make a close study of the current state of art in our country and to note what plans there are for the future. <...> Lenin’s life and work have always been, are and will be an inspiring example for us - the builders of Soviet culture. <...> We have to create works that are worthy of our great, immortal leader - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.”
(D. Shostakovich. “The Life of Lenin - an Inspiring Example for us all” - “Sovietskaya muzyka”, 1970, No.4)