New Collected Works Instrumental Concertos

Piano Concerto No 1. Op. 35. Piano score.

Volume 39

Arranged for Two Pianos by the Author.
Edited by Victor Ekimovsky. Explanatory article by Manashir Iakubov.

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Some believe that Shostakovich “immediately wrote the score of the concerto and then did the arrangement for two pianos”.
Obviously, work on the score was going on at the same time as work on the rough drafts, and the composer orchestrated the fragments of the work already completed in the drafts before he finished the four-part composition in its entirety.
It goes without saying that the piano score was completed after the score was finished. This possibly explains the fact that it was in the author’s manuscript of the piano score that the composer not only made a note documenting the date of completion, but also the date work on the composition began. It is worth noting that at first he placed both dates on the title page of the arrangement, but later, after crossing them out there, he wrote them at the end of the author’s manuscript.
There are significant differences intentionally made by Shostakovich in the solo piano part in the score and the author’s arrangement of the concerto. The composer introduced several inserts into the part of solo instrument in the arrangement of the concerto that supplement the second piano part in order to more fully reflect the score.
This  publication is based on the author’s manuscript of the author’s piano arrangement kept in the fund of the Glinka State Central Museum of Musical Culture (SCMMC, rec. gr. 32, f. 41). When necessary, the text of the author’s manuscript was also collated with the author’s manuscript of the score, the lifetime editions of the score and piano score, and the volumes of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Collected Works (Muzyka Publishers, Moscow, 1982, 1983). Some clarifications are also taken into account, particularly those made in the 1982 and 1983 editions in keeping with the audio recording of the author’s performance of the concerto made in 1957.
All the author’s manuscripts presented in this Volume have never previously been a target of academic research, all the facsimiles of the author’s manuscripts are being published for the first time.