Works Chamber Compositions for Voice and Songs

Arrangements of Works by Different Composers. For Soloist, Violin and Cello

Opus SO Opus SO

Opus SO
1941 year

Arrangements of the Compositions by Other Composers. For soloist, violin and cello. Sans op.


The first post-war performance of Shostakovich’s arrangements took place on 22 June 2004 in Moscow. It was organised by the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Centre on the basis of copies of the author’s manuscripts presented to Irina Shostakovich in 2001 by the Scientific-Research Manuscript Department of the Scientific Music Library of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Soloists from the Galina Vishnevskaya Centre and grant holders from the Mstislav Rostropovich Charity Foundation in Support of Young Musicians participated in the performance. Twenty-six arrangements were heard.

first publication:

Compozitor Publishing House. Saint Petersburg. 2005


St Petersburg Conservatory Scientific Music Library. Manuscript Department

Dmitri Shostakovich’s Arrangements for Frontline Ensembles (Songs for the Front)
For soloist, violin and cello. Sans Op. (1941)

  1. Farewell. Dm. Pokrass. Words by M. Isakovsky. The song was published for the first time in 1937 in the April issue of the magazine Molodoy kolkhoznik (Young Collective-farm Member) with the title ‘Farewell of Young Communists’.
  2. Those Are Storm Clouds. From the film Sons of the Working People. Dan. and Dm. Pokrass. Words by A. Surkov. Originally entitled ‘The Cossack Song’.
  3. Song about Shchors. M. Blanter. Words by M. Golodny. The song was first published in 1936 in an arrangement for two-part choir and piano.
  4. Do Not Touch Us. From the film Mit’ka Lelyuk. Yu. Milyutin. Words by V. Lebedev-Kumach. It was first published in two versions the year the film ‘Mit’ka Lelyuk’ was released—for voice and piano and for a unison choir or solo voice a cappella.
  5. Girl’s Song. D. Pritsker. Words by A. Churkin. The song was written in 1936.
  6. Oh, How Great! Pioneers’ song from the film Beethoven Concerto. I. Dunayevsky. Words by V. Shmidtgof. The song was printed for the first time on 24 January 1937 in the newspaper ‘Leninskiye iskry’.
  7. Sing to Us, Wind... From the film The Children of Captain Grant. I. Dunayevsky. Words by V. Lebedev-Kumach. The song was first published under the title ‘Robert’s Song’.
  8. Song of the Sea. I. Dunayevsky. Words by P. Belov. The song was first printed in 1939 separately and in the collection ‘Songs of the Red Fleet’.
  9. Anyuta’s Song. From the film The Merry Fellows. I. Dunayevsky. Words by V. Lebedev-Kumach. The first separate edition for voice and piano appeared in 1935 (Triton, Leningrad).
  10. Mummy, What Is Love? J.-B. Weckerlin. Russian text by Yu. Rimskaya-Korsakova. The pastoral ‘Mummy, What Is Love?’ (‘Maman, dites-moi’) is included in Weckerlin’s collection Bergerettes, romances et chançons du XVIII siècle, published in1894 in Paris.
  11. Scottish Drinking Song. L. van Beethoven. Russian text by A. Globa.From the cycle ‘Twenty-Five Scottish Songs’ for voice and choir with piano trio (piano, violin, cello), Op. 108. Russian text by Andrei Globa.
  12. The Alpine Shepherdess. Tyrolean song. G. Rossini. Russian text by M. Ulitsky. The song ‘The Alpine Shepherdess’ from Rossini’s collection Musical Evenings (Serate musicali, 1835) was published several times in the pre-war years in Russia.
  13. Habanera. From the opera Carmen. G. Bizet. Russian text by A. Gorchakova. ‘Habanera’ in translation by Aleksandra Gorchakova was published in vocal collections and separate editions.
  14. Arlecchino’s Serenade. From the opera Pagliacci. R. Leoncavallo. Russian text by I. Pryanishnikov. This popular opera aria came out in Russia more than once both before the revolution and after it.
  15. Gypsy Song. A. Verstovsky. Words by A. Pushkin. Verstovsky’s song was first printed in Moscow in the Supplement to the newspaper Molva of 2 February 1832, then published several times.
  16. Sarafanchik (The Little Sun-Dress). A. Gurilev. Words by A. Polezhayev. The romance was first published in Moscow in 1849.
  17. I Shall Tell Mama. A. Gurilev. Words by N. Berg. The romance was first published in 1851.
  18. Fever. A. Dargomyzhsky. Traditional verses. The song was repeatedly published without significant changes separately and as part of vocal collections.
  19. Grenada Clothed in Mist. Music and words by A. Dargomyzhsky. The romance ‘Grenada Clothed in Mist’ was published at the beginning of 1856 (A. Bitner, St. Petersburg). Later, César Cui, who completed Dargomyzhsky’s opera The Stone Guest after his death, included this romance into it as ‘Laura’s First Song’.
  20. On Our Street. Olga’s song from the opera Rusalka (The Mermaid). A. Dargomyzhsky. The piano score of the opera ‘TheMermaid’ completed by the spring of 1855 was published in 1856 (Stellovsky, St. Petersburg).
  21. Comic Song. From the unfinished opera Rogdana. A. Dargomyzhsky. ‘Comic Song’ was first issued posthumously in the Dargomyzhsky’s Romances series (V. Bessel, St. Petersburg, 1875).
  22. Gopak. M. Musorgsky. Words by T. Shevchenko, translated into Russian by L. Mey. Musorgsky’s piece,composed in 1866, was dedicated to Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. It is known in two versions—for voice and piano and for voice and orchestra.
  23. Khivrya’s Song. From the opera Sorochintsy Fair. M. Musorgsky. There are several editions of the opera in different versions. For his arrangement, Shostakovich used Karatygin’s edition. In contrast to Lyadov’s and Cui’s versions, it retains the Ukrainianisms, as well as some peculiarities of the Russian text.
  24. Parasya’s Dumka. From the opera Sorochintsy Fair. M. Musorgsky. The piece is dedicated to Yelizaveta Miloradovich. Work on it dates back to 1879.
  25. Song of the Varangian Guest. From the opera Sadko. N. Rimsky-Korsakov. The opera was written in 1893-1896. Shostakovich had the piano score of the opera in his personal library.
  26. I Sit on a Rock. M. Ippolitov-Ivanov. Traditional verses. The folk song “‘I Sit on a Rock’ was published in the following collections: Russian Folk Songs by Konstantin Villebois (1860), Forty Folk Songs Collected by T. Filippov and Harmonised by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (Jurgenson, Moscow, St. Petersburg, 1882). Later it was arranged by a number of authors.
  27. Where Did You Come From? Duet of Karas’ and Odarka from the opera A Cossack Beyond the Danube. S. Gulak-Artemovsky. The first Ukrainian opera was staged in the spring of 1863 at the Mariinsky Theatre. The piano score was first issued by Fedor Stellovsky in St. Petersburg in 1866.