Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. Op. 29. Opera. Piano score.
Libretto by Alexander Preis and Dmitri Shostakovich,
based on the novel-sketch by Nikolai Leskov.
Scientific editor Manashir Iakubov. Edited by Victor Ekimovsky.
The piano score of the opera was first printed at the order of the Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre
on a glass duplicating device in the first half of 1933 for the soloists and chorus to prepare for the premiere.
On 26 June 1934, that is, five months after the premiere, the piano score prepared for publication at
Muzgiz Publishers was released for editing and printing. The piano score came out in 1935 in a specially
designed edition featuring a photo of the author and a dust jacket with pictures on the flyleaf and on the fly titles,2 as well as an equirhythmic English translation of the libretto by Ya. Sudakova.
The originals used in the process of working on this volume are the 1935 edition of the piano score and the 2007 edition of the score (New Collected Works, Vols. 52a and 52b). This publication takes into account the texts from the published score: Textological Comments and Appendix II “Differences between the Music Text of the Score and the 1935 Piano Score”. The piano score has been brought into compliance with the 2007 score and all the changes in its text are specified.
Facsimiles of the following author’s manuscripts are published in this appendix:
1. The complete rough draft of the opera (Author’s Manuscript A).
2. Fragment of the preliminary version of the final episode of Scene Three (Author’s Manuscript B).
3. Fragment of the piano score—the same episode in a different preliminary version (Author’s Manuscript C).
All three author’s manuscripts are kept in Dmitri Shostakovich’s Archive: Author’s Manuscript A—
rec. gr. 1, section 1, f. 10; Author’s Manuscript B—rec. gr. 1, section 1, f. 15; Author’s Manuscript C—
rec. gr. 1, section 1, f. 14, sheets 1-3.
All of the author’s manuscripts are being published for the first time.