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This edition is based on the 1980 edition (Dmitri Shostakovich, Collected Works, Vol. 3, Muzyka Publishers, Moscow), which has been revised and collated with the earlier Russian editions. Since the whereabouts of the author’s manuscript of the score is unknown, all the lifetime editions published in the Soviet Union were used when preparing this edition. The score of the Fifth Symphony was published four times during Shostakovich’s lifetime: in 1939, 1947, 1956, and 1961. The texts of these editions have a significant number of discrepancies. The differences between the first three editions, on the one hand, and the 1961 edition, edited by Levon Atovmian, on the other, are particularly noticeable. The foreword “From the Editor” in the 1980 edition reports that the changes relating to unification of the dynamic designations and bowing were made in the 1961 edition by Shostakovich himself. However, it is unclear what this assertion is based on and the extent to which it is authentic. There is no indication of this in the 1961 edition itself. Not only does it retain several inaccuracies, misprints, and dubious places from the previous editions,but new ones have also appeared.

Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, E flat Clarinet, 2 Clarinets (A and B flat), 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Triangle, Side drum, Cymbals, Bass drum, Gong, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Celesta, 2 Harps, Piano, Strings

This ambitious series by DSCH, the exclusive publisher of the works of Dmitri Shostakovich, when complete, will run to 150 volumes.

Based on authentic manuscripts, accompanied by commentaries in Russian and in English, each volume contains new engravings, articles relating to the history of the compositions, facsimile pages of Shostakovich's manuscripts, outlines, and rough drafts.

Divided into 15 different "series" or genres, the edition will include nearly all the original works of the composer, and his instrumentation of music by Domenico Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Johann Strauss, Youmans, Braga, Tishchenko, and others.

25% of the New Collected Works will be made up of previously unpublished material: over 80 of his works are being published here for the first time. Many of these previously unknown works could not be published or performed during the composer's lifetime for ideological reasons.

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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