Life Chronicles

February 24, 1922 the family suffered a misfortune: Dmitri Boleslavovich Shostakovich died.
Dmitri put the portrait of his father on the table as an eternal memory.
In 1922, was written a suite for two pianos, dedicated to the memory of D.B. Shostakovich.

Theme with Variations for orchestra (op. 3).
Two Fables of Krylov with voice and orchestra: “The Dragon-fly and the Ant”; “The Ass and the Nightingale” (op. 4).
Three Fantastic Dances for Piano (op. 5).
Suite for Two Pianos (op. 6).

“After the death of my father I went through hard times. I had to do work ‘on the side’ and play in cinemas. All this undermined my health and shook up my nervous system... It is very tiring to depict ‘human passions’ mechanically on the piano. My work in the cinema robbed me of a lot of time, health and energy.”

1920 ... “Outstanding musical and virtuoso talent...”
1921 ... “Such early development takes us by surprise...”
1922 ... “A musician of outstanding talent... Astonishing and thrilling...”

Leo Arnshtam:

“We were incredibly happy... These were times of such incredible happiness, of such enthusiasm for bringing the people together... Mayakovsky wrote at the time his `Command for the Armies of Art`: ‘The streets are our brushes, the squares are our palettes... Bring the pianos into the streets’. Pianos really were pulled into the streets. .. Shostakovich and the other students from the Conservatoire were sent out in a lorry, on to which a piano was hoisted and that was how we hurtled round the city, from one end to the other, playing and lecturing... What mattered was absorbing all the meaning and the music of the Revolution...
“There was an endless succession of revolutionary celebrations that we rushed off to...”