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Discovery!  Unknown Viola Work by Shostakovich Found in Archives

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Photograph of new Shostakovich viola work

Courtesy of mos.ru.

The Strad reports that a previously unknown work for viola and piano written by Dmitri Shostakovich has been found in Moscow.  The discovery was announced on the composer’s birthday (25 September).

The piece is titled Impromptu Op. 33 (Shostakovich later assigned the number to another work).  It was found among the papers of violist Vadim Borisovsky of the Beethoven Quartet.  It is believed it was written for violist Alexander Ryvkin of the Glazunov Quartet.  The duet was written, apparently in one sitting, in 1931.

We do not yet know what this newly-found work sounds like.  Shostakovich wrote one other work for the viola, the Viola Sonata (his last composition), which was written in 1975.  You can listen to it here.

Read the article in The Strad here.

References

https://www.thestrad.com/news/a-new-work-for-viola-by-shostakovich-discovered-in-moscow-state-archives/7151.article#.WctqF1zRpVU.twitter

3 thoughts on “Discovery!  Unknown Viola Work by Shostakovich Found in Archives

  1. Having been born on the 25th of September and also a violist, this was quite a fun surprise! 🙂

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