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Soon after finishing the symphony, Shostakovich prepared its four-hand piano score. This was the version the author used to perform the symphony with Mieczyslaw (Moisey) Weinberg in Leningrad, first at the apartment of conductor Evgeny Mravinsky (23 and 24 November), who prepared the symphony for its premiere, and later (in the evening of 24 November) at the apartment of the composer’s mother, Sofya Shostakovich, which Mravinsky made note of in his diary. Weinberg recalled these events later in an interview with Sofya Khentova. “We went to play the Tenth Symphony in Leningrad at Evgeny Mravinsky’s. We performed it twice in the conductor’s apartment on Borodinsky Street. We performed it four hands for the Leningrad composers, I played the right-hand part, Dmitri Dmitriyevich always sat to my left. There was a lively discussion in Leningrad at the House of Composers.” On 15 February 1954, the piano version of the Tenth Symphony performed by Shostakovich and Weinberg was recorded at the Moscow Sound-Recording House. “The recording of the Tenth we performed was restored,” Weinberg later witnessed, “and then it was included on a gramophone record called ‘Shostakovich the Pianist’ as a document, an aid for conductors: as played by Shostakovich.”

This publication is based on the first edition of the author’s piano arrangement (Muzgiz Publishers, Moscow, 1954), collated with the author’s manuscript kept at the Glinka State Central Museum of Musical Culture (rec. gr. 32, f. 69), and the edition of the score (New Collected Works, Vol. 10, DSCH, Moscow, 2009).

A large number of bowings (slurs, accents, staccato dots, tenuto dashes) that exist in the instrumental parts in the score are missing in the author’s manuscript and first edition of the piano score. In this edition, all the bowings have been inserted in accordance with the score and are not given specific mention.

The fifteen "series" within the edition comprise:
I: Symphonies (vols 1-30)
II: Orchestra Compositions (vols 31-37)
III: Instrumental Concertos (vols 38-49)
IV: Compositions for the Stage (vols 50-67)
V: Suites from Operas and Ballets (vols 68-72)
VI: Compositions for Choir and Orchestra (With or Without Soloists) (vols 73-83)
VII: Unaccompanied Choral Compositions/Arrangements of Russian Folksongs (vols 84-86)
VIII: Compositions for Solo Voice(S) With Orchestra (vols 87-90)
IX: Chamber Compositions for Voice and Songs (vols 91-97)
X: Chamber Instrumental Ensembles (vols 98-105)
XI: Instrumental Sonatas(vols 106-108)
XII: Piano Compositions (vols 109-115)
XIII: Incidental Music (vols 116-121)
XIV: Film Music (vols 122-145)
XV: The Works of Other Composers, Instrumentation by Shostakovich (vols 146-150)

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