Prelude, Opus 34, No 14

From Wind Repertory Project
Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. H Robert Reynolds)

General Info

Year: 1933 / 1988
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of Print   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano were composed in 1932-33, and the Prelude in E-flat minor, Opus 34, No. 14 was one of this set. Opening with a calm but strong chordal statement, the piece continues to build in a single direction to a grand climax of fff dynamics, after which it quickly returns to the quiet mood and material of the beginning. While only 36 measure long, one senses a much more expansive and lengthy composition than its first few short measures reveal.

- Program note by publisher

The Adagio E-flat minor Prelude is one of the two longest of Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes, Op. 34 (1932-1933). More importantly, it is the most dramatic, the most tragic, and the most public. With its imitation tympani rolls, its rising fanfare-like figure, and its insistent drum beats, it seems to be striving for a symphonic stature, and it is no wonder that the conductor Leopold Stokowski rushed to orchestrate the piece. However, in its original form, the relentless despair and deep sorrow is much more real: one feels the music straining against the limitations of the keyboard, and this becomes an integral part of the expression and the meaning of the music. This is one of the very great preludes from the Opus 34 set and a piece worthy to stand beside the last act of Shostakovich’s contemporaneous opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

- Program Note from California State University, Long Beach, Wind Symphony concert program, 3 March 2016


State Ratings

  • California: Grade V, Class A
  • Louisiana: Band 2011 Grade IV
  • Massachusetts: Grade IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) - 13 November 2023
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Gary Hill, conductor) – 3 November 2023
  • California State University (Long Beach) Wind Symphony (Jermie Arnold, conductor) - 5 October 2023
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor; Stephen Lee, piano) - 27 January 2023
  • University of Indianapolis (Ind.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Jon Noworyta, conductor) - 30 October 2022
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Bradley Genervo, conductor) - 15 September 2022
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Chris Kaatz, conductor) - 1 February 2022
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor) – 4 November 2021
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) - 29 April 2021
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Symphonic Band (Shauna Pickens, conductor) - 25 April 2021
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Adrian To, conductor) - 15 April 2021
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Bobby R. Francis, conductor) - 3 December 2020
  • Jackson (Miss.) State University Wind Ensemble (Lowell Hollinger, conductor) – 4 March 2020
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Symphonic Band (Douglas Henderson, conductor) – 25 February 2020
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Christopher Hughes, conductor) – 15 October 2019
  • Grand Valley State University Wind Symphony (Kevin Tutt, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • World Adult Wind Orchestra Project (WAYOP) (Schladming, Austria) (Gary Hill, conductor) – 13 July 2019
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Symphonic Winds (Travis Almany, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Northwest Missouri State University Wind Symphony (William Licop, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Arkansas Tech University (Russellville) Wind Ensemble (Daniel A. Belongia, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • West Chester (Penn.) University Wind Ensemble (Andrew Yozviak, conductor) – 21 February 2019 (CBDNA 2019 National Conference, Tempe, Ariz.)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • Shostakovich, D.; Reynolds, H. (1988). Prelude, Op. 34, No. 14 [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.