New Collected Works Symphonies

Symphony No. 9. Op. 70. Score.


Volume 9
2000

Symphony for full orchestra in five movements.
Edited by Manashir Iakubov. Explanatory Article by Manashir Iakubov.

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Form:

1. Allegro
2. Moderato
3. Presto attacca
4. Largo attacca
5. Allegretto

Instrumentation:

Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets (B flat and A), 2 Bassoons

4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba

Timpani, Triangle, Tambourine, Side drum, Cymbals, Bass drum

1st Violins (16–20), 2nd Violins (14–18), Violas (12–16), Cellos (12–16), Double-basses (10–14).

Duration:

Approx. 22 min.

Composed:

Dmitri Shostakovich precisely recorded the total time taken to finish the score of the Ninth Symphony in his manuscript, in which he entered the date when work on the first movement began and the dates when all the movements were completed. He began the first movement on 2 August and finished it on 5 August in Moscow, then composed the next three movements at the Composers’ House in Ivanovo, whereby he finished the second movement on 12 August, the third on 20 August, and the fourth on 21 August. The last page of the author’s manuscript of the score bears the inscription: “D. Shostakovich 30 VIII 1945 Moscow.” Thus, it took Shostakovich about one month to write the score for his shortest symphony.


The following sources were used in preparing this edition: the author’s manuscript of the score kept in Dmitri Shostakovich’s private archive in the Russian State Archives of Literature and Art (rec. gr. 2048, inv. 1, f. 12); proof sheet of an edition of the score with the author’s corrections, dated 1946, kept in Dmitri Shostakovich’s private archive in the Glinka State Central Museum of Musical Culture (rec. gr. 32, f. 12), all the editions of the score printed during Shostakovich’s lifetime in the Soviet Union, and the edition included in the first posthumous Collected Works of Dmitri Shostakovich (Vol. 5, Muzyka Publishers, Moscow, 1979).