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This edition is based on the publication of the piano score in Volume 9 of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Collected Works, Muzyka Publishers, Moscow, 1984; the author’s manuscript of the piano score and the edition of the score in Volume 14 of New Collected Works, DSCH, Moscow, 2012 are also taken into account. In some cases, reference is also made to the author’s manuscript of the score and the first edition of the score (Muzyka Publishers, Moscow, 1971), as well as to the author’s corrections in the 1971 edition of the score.

The author’s manuscript of the piano score has a whole series of episodes where various signs (primarily dynamic) either differ from the author’s designations in the score, or are missing altogether. In these cases, in 1984 edition, all the signs that differ from the author’s manuscript are enclosed in square brackets. When these signs are used in this edition, the square brackets have been removed and their absence is not specified in the comments. Several significant episodes where phrasing slurs and legato slurs are missing, but at the beginning of each such episode, a legato sempre (or legato) sign is given. In most such cases in this edition, the slurs are printed in accordance with the score text, while the legato sempre and legato signs are removed as redundant and their absence is not specified in the comments either.

Castanets, Wood block, Whip, 3 Tom-toms (soprano, alto, and tenor—1 player), Orchestral bells, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Celesta, Soprano and Bass soloists, 10 Violins, 4 Violas, 3 Cellos, 2 Five-string Doublebasses

This ambitious series by DSCH, the exclusive publisher of the works of Dmitri Shostakovich, when complete, will run to 150 volumes.

Based on authentic manuscripts, accompanied by commentaries in Russian and in English, each volume contains new engravings, articles relating to the history of the compositions, facsimile pages of Shostakovich's manuscripts, outlines, and rough drafts.

Divided into 15 different "series" or genres, the edition will include nearly all the original works of the composer, and his instrumentation of music by Domenico Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Johann Strauss, Youmans, Braga, Tishchenko, and others.

25% of the New Collected Works will be made up of previously unpublished material: over 80 of his works are being published here for the first time. Many of these previously unknown works could not be published or performed during the composer's lifetime for ideological reasons.

The fifteen "series" within the edition comprise:
I: Symphonies (vols 1-30)
II: Orchestra Compositions (vols 31-37)
III: Instrumental Concertos (vols 38-49)
IV: Compositions for the Stage (vols 50-67)
V: Suites from Operas and Ballets (vols 68-72)
VI: Compositions for Choir and Orchestra (With or Without Soloists) (vols 73-83)
VII: Unaccompanied Choral Compositions/Arrangements of Russian Folksongs (vols 84-86)
VIII: Compositions for Solo Voice(S) With Orchestra (vols 87-90)
IX: Chamber Compositions for Voice and Songs (vols 91-97)
X: Chamber Instrumental Ensembles (vols 98-105)
XI: Instrumental Sonatas(vols 106-108)
XII: Piano Compositions (vols 109-115)
XIII: Incidental Music (vols 116-121)
XIV: Film Music (vols 122-145)
XV: The Works of Other Composers, Instrumentation by Shostakovich (vols 146-150)

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