Piano Trio No. 1 (Shostakovich)

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Piano Trio in C minor
No. 1
by Dmitri Shostakovich
Dmitrij Dmitrijevič Šostakovič (Дми́трий Дми́триевич Шостако́вич).jpg
The composer in 1925
Other name Poème
Key C minor
Catalogue Op. 8
Composed 1923 (1923)
Dedication Tatyana Glivenko

Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 8, in C minor for violin, violoncello and piano is a chamber composition by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.


It was created as a student work in 1923 when he was only sixteen and had been in the Saint Petersburg Conservatoire for three years. Life wasn't easy in post- revolution Russia due to heat and shortages, especially for the Shostakovitch family due to the death of Dmitri's father, also called Dmitri, in the previous year, and he was becoming ill, not that his health was ever good. Its last 16 bars were completed later by Shostakovich's pupil, Boris Tishchenko[1] Alternative solutions have been provided by Leslie Howard and Borys Lyatoshynsky[2]

The work was originally entitled Poème. All of the work's themes are derived from the opening chromatically longing motive. The music recalls a Romanticism that the composer would soon repudiate.[3] The trio is in a single movement containing a variety of tempos and musical characters. He dedicated it to Tatyana Glivenko. It was first performed by the composer and two of his friends. [4] Standard duration is approximately 13 minutes.

Selected recordings

  • ArteMiss Trio: Shostakovich. CD. ArcoDiva UP 0069-2131
  • Puella Trio: Martinů, Schnittke, Shostakovich. CD. ArcoDiva UP 0103-2131


  1. ^ "Piano Trio No. 1". www.kennedy-center.org. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  2. ^ Shostakovich: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2 / Seven Romances on Verses by Blok, Naxos, 1997-03-17, retrieved 2018-07-31
  3. ^ All Music Guide
  4. ^ Music is the Key
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