Moscow: [Iskusstvo], 1942. First Edition, First Printing. Single sheet folded to create  pages, measuring 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches (223 x 145 mm) when folded. Rare program for the Moscow premiere of Dmitry Shostakovich's acclaimed Seventh Symphony, dedicated to the heroic people of Leningrad during the Nazi siege of the city. The Moscow performance took place at the House of the Unions on March 29, 1942, with Samuil Samosud conducting. According to research since the fall of the Soviet Union, Shostakovich conceived the symphony even before the Nazis had attacked in 1941. He started writing it in Leningrad and completed it in Kuybyshev (now Samara), where he and his family had been evacuated. The premiere took place in Kuybyshev on March 1, 1942. The symphony was hailed as a masterpiece, according to an Associated Press report published in The New York Times the following day. "A selected audience, including members of the diplomatic corps, Soviet intellectuals and Red Army officers, was invited to the noontime premiere," the report notes. "They received the work enthusiastically. Mr. Shostakovich was called four times to acknowledge the applause." This program, written entirely in Russian, is rare; only 1,600 copies were printed and many likely did not survive. There were no other copies in commerce as of August 29, 2019. RARE. Item #2046
CONDITION: Horizontal fold, soiling to lower wrapper. A Very Good copy.