Symphony No. 5, Op. 47: New Collected Works of Dmitri Shostakovich - Volume 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich(DSCH). These volumes are the first releases of an ambitious series by DSCH, the exclusive publisher of the works of Shostakovich. Each volume contains: new engravings; articles regarding the history of the compositions; facsimile pages of Shostakovichs manuscripts, outlines and rough drafts; plus interpretations of the manuscripts. In total, 150 volumes are planned for publication.
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 - Finale
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In , the Soviet government launched an official attack against Dmitri Shostakovich 's music, calling it "vulgar, formalistic, [and] neurotic. This constituted a crisis, both in Shostakovich 's career and in Soviet music as a whole; composers had no choice but to write simple, optimistic music that spoke directly especially through folk idioms and patriotic programs to the people and glorified the state. In light of these circumstances, Shostakovich 's Fifth Symphony first performed in is a bold composition that seems to fly in the face of his critics. Although the musical language is pared down from that of his earlier symphonies, the Fifth eschews any hint of a patriotic program and, instead, dwells on undeniably somber and tragic affects -- wholly unacceptable public emotions at the time. According to the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich , the government would certainly have had Shostakovich executed for writing such a work had the public ovation at the first performance not lasted 40 minutes. The official story, however, is quite different. An unknown commentator dubbed the symphony "the creative reply of a Soviet artist to justified criticism," and to the work was attached an autobiographical program focusing on the composer's metamorphosis from incomprehensible formalist to standard-bearer of the communist party.
The Symphony No. The premiere was a huge success and received an ovation that lasted well over half an hour. The symphony is approximately 45 minutes in length and has four movements :. The Symphony quotes Shostakovich's song Vozrozhdenije Op. This song is by some considered to be a vital clue to the interpretation and understanding of the whole symphony. With the Fifth Symphony, Shostakovich gained an unprecedented triumph, with the music appealing equally—and remarkably—to both the public and official critics, though the overwhelming public response to the work initially aroused suspicions among certain officials.