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Scarce first edition of Shostakovich’s opus 47, Symphony 5 in D minor, 1939.  A luxury publication by the Soviet music publisher Muzgiz.

Title page:

Д. ШОСТАКОВИЧ/D. SCHOSTAKOWITSCH/Op. 47/ПЯТАЯ СИМФОНИЯ/CINQUIÈME SYMPHONIE/ДЛЯ БОЛЬШОГО ОРКЕСТРА/pour grand orchestra/ПАТИТУРА/PARTITION D’ORCHESTRE/ГОСУДАРСТВЕННОЕ MУЗЫКАЛЬНОЕ ИЗДАТЕЛЬСТВО/EDITIONS DE MUSIQUE DE L’URSS/МОКВА – ЛЕНИНГРАД – 1939 – MOSCOU – LÉNINGRADE

Edition page:

СДАНО В ПРОНЗВОДСТВО 21/V-1938 Г./ПОДПИСАНО В ПЕЧаТЬ 24/1-1939 Г./Ф бум. 62X92 s.Печатн. лист 20¾/Гиз 153 Инд М 80 г Н р. Зак. No 2159/Тираж 600 экз./Уполномоченный Главлита No. A-3851./Цена 18 р. 25 к. Переплег 1 р. 75 к./Нотный отдел 1-Й Образцовой тип./Огиза РСФСПР треста «Полиграфкнига»/Москва, Валовая улица, домм No. 28/Гос. No 16313

Translation:

D. SHOSTAKOVICH / D. SCHOSTAKOWITSCH / Op. 47 / FIFTH SYMPHONY / CINQUIÈME SYMPHONIE / FOR BIG ORCHESTRA / pour grand orchestra / PARTITUR/ PARTITION D'ORCHESTRE / STATE MUSIC PUBLISHING / EDITIONS DE MUSIQUE DE L'URSS / MOSCOW - 19 --É 39 LENINGRAD

Edition page:

DELIVERED TO PREPRODUCTION 21 / V-1938 / SIGNED TO PRINT 24 / 1-1939 / F boom. 62X92 s. Print. sheet 20¾ / Giz 153 Ind M 80 g N p. Zach. No 2159 / Circulation 600 copies./Glavlita Commissioner No. A-3851./Price 18 rubles. 25 k. Perepele 1 rub. 75 r./Music department of the 1st Exemplary type. / Ogiza RSFSPR trust "Poligrafkniga" / Moscow, Valovaya street, house No. 28/State No 16313

(Hulme 2nd ed. p. 119)

The score is vertical folio format (9” x 11”) with a gray silk covered embossed boards in gold and brown in Russian and French.  A fire logo is beneath the nomenclature and the publisher Muzgiz is at the bottom with decorative un-inked embossment around the edge.  The spine is blank, the rear cover bears the price, 20 rubles embossed at the top left. One parchment quality endpaper, the title page and the instrumentation on the verso, as well as the four movements listed below.  The first page of music starts on page 3 and ends on page 165, the edition page is on the verso, followed by a parchment end paper.

Shostakovich was denounced in 1936 in “The Pravda” newspaper twice after Stalin attended a performance of the opera “Lady Macbeth of Mtensk” and then again for his ballet “The Limpid Stream” which was not to the style the dictator decreed Soviet.  Shostakovich’s next major work not related to the film industry to go before the public was his 5th Symphony, which received a  piano duet premiere for the Leningrad Union of Composers as a trial run in the early Fall of 1937.  Deemed redeeming by that powerful organization, Yevgeny Mravinsky led the World Premiere with the Leningrad Philharmonic on November 21, 1937 in honor of the 20th anniversary of the October Revolution.  The performance was a triumph for Shostakovich who was still under a cloud with the political Soviet Composers Union.  One can see from the listing above, the copyist manuscript was not given to the publisher until May of 1938 and was released in January, 1939.  What is interesting to note is the first edition was a publication of 600 volumes, not the usual 300 volume edition frequently employed when a works success was questionable. Before the score was released, the work had had performances in Moscow, The United States (NBC Symphony under Rodzinski), and Paris (Roger Désormière conducted at Pleyel Hall). That said, with the impending international success, the usual first edition publication was doubled and further printed in a high end luxurious edition, as most Soviet publications  from this time through the 1950’s were printed on recycled pulp paper.  This first edition of the score is quite scarce; we could not find a recent auction record, an example for sale on-line, an image on Google, or Yandex, nor an example in the on-line catalogs of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, or the Library of Congress in the United States. We therefore assume a number of copies may have been destroyed during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union and subsequent destruction of the Country commencing in June, 1941.

There is a later publication of this work with a similar, but not exact front cover in navy blue. 

 

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