Fire of Eternal Glory

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. James Curnow)

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Subtitle: Novorossiyek Chimes

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Although not considered to be an important work on Dmitri Shostakovich’s vast catalog of repertoire, the Fire of Eternal Glory was one of his best-known works in the former U.S.S.R. The work consists of material that was originally entered in a contest to compose a new national anthem for the Soviet Union (the contest was won by Alexander Alexandrov). Shostakovich rewrote the material when commissioned by the city of Novorossiysk for the opening of its war memorial. A recording of the work has been playing continuously at that location since the opening of the memorial on 27 September 1960, possibly making it one of the most frequently played pieces of symphonic music in existence. The work’s opening phrases have also been used as introductory music for Moscow Radio’s late-night news program CKACWH.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Illinois (Champaign) University Band (Michelle Bell, conductor) - 19 April 2022
  • Richland (Wash.) High School Symphonic Band (Jason Rose, conductor) - 2 November 2021
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan Johnson, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) – 7 November 2016
  • Indiana State University (Terre Haute) Wind Symphony (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 4 October 2016
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band (Thomas Caneva, conductor) – 13 February 2016
  • CBDA All-State High School Concert Band (Frank Tracz, conductor) - 23 February 2014
  • Valencia High School (Calif.) Symphonic Band - 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Waltz No. 2 (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Brown) (post 1956/2021)

All Wind Works


  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist, 72/6 (January 2018), p. 28.
  • Shostakovich, D.; Curnow, J. (2011). The Fire of Eternal Glory [score]. Schirmer: Milwaukee, Wisc.