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Piano Concerto No 2 in F Major

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. Bamonte)


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General Info

Year: 1957 / 2010
Duration: c. 17:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - unknown


Movements

1. Allegro – 7:00
2. Andante - 6:30
3. Allegro - 5:45


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Program Notes

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102, by Dmitri Shostakovich was composed in 1957 for his son Maxim's 19th birthday. Maxim premiered the piece during his graduation at the Moscow Conservatory. It is an uncharacteristically cheerful piece, much more so than most of Shostakovich's works.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich wrote the Piano Concerto no. 2 (1957) as a gift for his son, Maxim, on his 19th birthday. It is full of private jokes and was praised by critics for its “charming simplicity, carefree spirit, and lyrical warmth.” After Stalin’s death in 1953, Shostakovich, among other artists, was allowed more freedom of expression. His musical output for the next four years was markedly dark and solemn, but in the vivacity and lightness of the second piano concerto, it seems “as though his youth [had] returned to him” (David Robinovich). Over the years, it has received criticism for how starkly it contrasts most of his other works.

Younger audiences may recognize the first movement from Fantasia 2000. It serves as the soundtrack for Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier, a story of a one-legged tin soldier who saves his love, a toy ballerina, from a wicked jack-in-the-box.

- Program Note from U.S. Army Field Band concert program, 16 December 2015


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