Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia - 12 May, 1926

from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, pages 180-181:

My First Symphony, performed in Leningrad on 12 May 1926, conducted by Nikolai Malko, was a decisive factor in my subsequent career. The symphony was received warmly by the public and musicians, and very cooly by the Association of Contemporary Music. Its success strengthened me in my decision to take up composition seriously. I attempted to give the symphony a serious content, and although the work was immature in many ways, I belive it was valuable precisely because of this sincere desire to reflect real life. 

cite as

Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 180-181. accessed: 21 February, 2024

location of experience: Russia


Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1
written by Dmitri Shostakovich
performed by Nikolai Malko

Experience Information

Date/Time 12 May, 1926
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Excerpt from 'Sovetskaya Muzyka', No. 9, 1956.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:18:59 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:19:01 +0100