“Pirogov”. Op. 76. “Michurin”. Op. 78
Op. 76. Music for the black-and-white film. Score. Published for the first time.
Op. 78. Music for the colour film. Score. Published for the first time.
Edited by Victor Ekimovsky. Explanatory Articles by Olga Dombrovskaya.
Music to the film PIROGOV
This publication is based on Dmitri Shostakovich’s manuscript kept in Dmitri Shostakovich’s Archive, rec. gr. 1, section 1, f. 34, collated with the film’s soundtrack. In addition to the author’s manuscript, there is also a manuscript of a Suite containing five items compiled by Levon Atovmyan (the full score is kept in the Music Bureau of the USSR Fund, now the Music Centre of the Moscow Union of Composers, No. 5850).
Levon Atovmyan compiled an orchestral suite in five movements from the film music for Pirogov. The precise time it was compiled is not known. The score (the copyist’s manuscript) is kept in the Music Centre of the Moscow Union of Composers, No. 5850.39
- “Overture” (based on the music of the Overture and Nos. 2 and 3 from the film music).
- “Scene” (music of No. 6 of the score).
- “Waltz” (music of No. 4 of the score).
- “Finale” (music of No. 5 of the score).
The film music is used in four items (Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5). But the music of No. 4 (called “Scherzo” by the compiler of the suite) does not feature in the score or in the soundtrack of the film. Nor is it found in Shostakovich’s manuscripts (in the score or in the sketches). We have not been able to establish which episode in the film “Scherzo” was intended for. In this edition, the item is published in Appendix I according to the above-mentioned manuscript of the score from the Music Centre of the Moscow Union of Composers.
Music to the film MICHURIN
This publication is based on the author’s manuscript kept in the Russian National Museum of Music, rec. gr. 32, f. 263, collated with the publication of three items—3, 5 and 10 in the edition: D. Shostakovich, Collected Work, in 42 vols., Vols. 41, 42, Muzyka Publishers Moscow, 1987 and the film soundtrack.
The manuscript does not always correspond to the way the music actually sounds in the film: some items have been cut and some fragments of the items are repeated in different places in the film. In addition, there is an item in the film soundtrack that is missing in the manuscript of the score, and there is also the score of an item that is missing in the film soundtrack. Two items, 8 and 9, written for piano solo, are printed in accordance with the draft author’s manuscript of the piano score, which is stored in the Russian National Museum of Music, rec. gr. 32, f. 262 (PS). They are not found in the manuscript of the score.
In 1964, the Muzfond of the Soviet Union put out a suite of seven items (compiled by Levon Atovmyan), in which Shostakovich’s music had been reworked, reconfigured and re-orchestrated.
The numbering and titles of the musical episodes are given in accordance with the manuscript.