‘The Nose’. Op. 15. Opera. Score.
Opera in Three Acts and Ten Scenes. Libretto by Yevgeni Zamyatin, Georgy Ionin, Alexander Preys and Dmitri Shostakovich after Nikolai Gogol’s like-named story.
Edited by Victor Ekimovsky. Explanatory Article by Levon Hakobian.
A satirical opera in three acts, for chamber orchestra (with 2 harps, piano, flexatone, domras, and balalaikas), S.A.T.B. chorus, and 82 singing/speaking parts.
Flute (= Piccolo, Flute contralto in F), Oboe (= Cor anglais), B flat Clarinet (= E flat, A, Bass Сlarinet), Bassoon (= Contrabassoon)
Horn in F, Trumpet in B (= Cornet in B), Trombone (tenor and bass)
Triangle, Tambourine, Castanets, Side drum, Tom-tom, Rattle, Cymbals (2 players—colla bacchetta and ordinario), Bass drum, Gong
Whistle, Orchestral bells, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Flexatone
Piccolo and alto Domras, 2 Balalaikas
2 Harps, Piano
Reduced string section with five-string Double basses specified.
Between the summers of 1927 and 1928. Act 1 was written within a month and Act 2 within a fortnight in January 1928, mostly at Moscow; Act 3 completed in three weeks at Leningrad.
This publication is based on the edition of the score (D. Shostakovich, Collected Works, in 42 volumes, Vol. 18, Muzyka Publishers, Moscow, 1981), collated with the author’s manuscript kept in Dmitri Shostakovich’s Archive (rec. gr. 1, section 1, f. 321), as well as the piano score (D. Shostakovich, Collected Works, in 42 volumes, Vol. 19, muzyka Publishers, moscow, 1981).