Fire of Eternal Glory (Rhea)

From Wind Repertory Project
Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (trans. Timothy Rhea)

Subtitle: Novorossiyek Chimes

General Info

Year: 1960 / 1995
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel (Bells)
  • Snare drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tubular Bells (or Chimes)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


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

  • Texas: III. Complete


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  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (Phil Day, conductor) - 5 December 2023
  • Texas State University (San Marcos) Concert Band (Kyle R. Glaser, conductor) - 27 April 2023
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Seth Davis, conductor) - 20 October 2022
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Donald A. Lentz Concert Band (Douglas W. Bush, conductor) - 1 May 2022
  • Briar Ridge High School (Ashburn, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Duane Minnick, conductor) - 16 December 2021
  • University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond) Wind Symphony (Michael Relland, conductor) -3 December 2019
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Concert Band (Steve Kelly, conductor) – 7 October 2019
  • Indiana State University Wind Symphony (Roby George, conductor) - 4 October 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • Novorossiysk Chimes, Wikipedia Accessed 5 October 2019
  • Shostakovich, D.; Rhea, T. (1995). The Fire of Eternal Glory [score]. TRN Music Publisher: Ruidoso, N.M.