On Shostakovich’s birthday, a long-lost viola work is foundmain
Archivists in Moscow are aglow at the discovery, in the city library, of a two page score for viola. The work is dedicated: ‘Dear Alexander Mikhailovich in memory of our acquaintance. D. Shostakovich 2 / V 1931, Leningrad.’
Alexander Mikhailovich Ryvkin (1893-1951) was the violist of the Glazunov Quartet.
The manuscript was found among the papers of Vadim Borisovsky (1900-72), violist of the Beethoven Quartet.
Today would have been Shostakovich’s 111th birthday.