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Encyclopedia > Violin Concerto No. 2 (Shostakovich)

The Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Opus 129, was Dmitri Shostakovich's last concerto. He wrote it in the spring of 1967 as an early 60th birthday present for its dedicatee, David Oistrakh. It was premiered unofficially in Bolshevo, near Moscow, on 13 September 1967, and officially on 26 September by Oistrakh and the Moscow Philharmonic under Kirill Kondrashin in Moscow.

The concerto is scored for piccolo, flute, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, double bassoon, four horns, timpani, tam-tam and strings. It lasts around 30 minutes and has three movements:

  1. Moderato
  2. Adagio
  3. Adagio-Allegro

The key of C sharp minor is not a natural one on the violin, and may be intended to recall Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet, or Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

The first movement is in sonata form, referring to the composer's Fifth Symphony and concluding with a contrapuntal cadenza. The adagio is in three parts, with a central accompanied cadenza. The final movement is a complex rondo. It has a slow introduction, three episodes between the refrains, and a further long cadenza before the third episode reprising material from earlier in the work.

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He composed his Violin Concerto No. 1 in 1947-48, giving it the opus number 77; however, he kept the work to himself until 1955, when he released it for publication and performance and gave it the opus number 99.
Shostakovich found it prudent to add four of his strongest compositions to the desk drawer that held the score of the Fourth Symphony—the Violin Concerto No. 1 and the song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry (both completed in 1948), the String Quartet No. 4 (1949), and the String Quartet No. 5 (1952).
The concerto's dominant sound, after solo violin, is that of woodwinds, used as a choir, in unisons and octaves (often with a typically Shostakovich grittiness of sound), or, as in the DSCH place, as surrogate trumpets.
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