Symphony No. 11 (Shostakovich) by Dmitri Shostakovich

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'''Symphony No. 11 in G minor''' (Opus 103; subtitled ''The Year 1905'') by Dmitri Shostakovich was written in 1957 and premiered, by the USSR Symphony Orchestra under Natan Rakhlin, on 30 October 1957. The subtitle of the symphony refers to the events of the Russian Revolution of 1905.

The symphony was conceived as a popular piece and proved an instant success in Russia--his greatest, in fact, since the ''Leningrad'' Symphony just over a decade earlier.MacDonald, 214. The work's popular success, as well as its earning him a Lenin Prize in April 1958, marked the composer's formal rehabilitation from the Zhdanov Doctrine of 1948.

A month after the composer had received the Lenin Prize, a Central Committee resolution "correcting the errors" of the 1948 decree restored all those affected by it to official favor, blaming their treatment on "J.V. Stalin's subjective attitude to certain works of art and the very adverse influence exercised on Stalin by Molotov, Malenkov and Beria."MacDonald, 214, 218-19.

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