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Shostakovich-Two Pieces for String Quartet Score

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Two Pieces for String Quartet by Dmitri Shostakovich is a work without an Opus number.� It is sometimes denoted as Op. 36 or 36a, but that number is already assigned to an orchestral suite.� It seems that the two pieces for quartet were never published during the composer's lifetime, but instead discovered in the 1980s; they appear to have been written around 1931.� They are short pieces, made up of themes that would go on to be central to other works by Shostakovich: in the first piece, Elegy, we hear a plaintive aria from his 1934 opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District; the second is a tongue-in-cheek Polka from his 1930 ballet/orchestral suite The Age of Gold.� Best suited to an advanced string quartet.

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Difficulty: A5 (Apprentice Rating)



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