Memory Score

Memory Score, a history
and music project

On the 80th anniversary of the Leningrad performance of Dmitry Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony

The performance of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony on August 9, 1942 in besieged Leningrad was not only a unique phenomenon in musical culture, but also a major socio-political event. The symphony was played in the Grand Hall of the Philharmonia by the Leningrad Radio Committee Orchestra, conducted by Karl Eliasberg.

The St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia is Russia’s oldest, and has been acknowledged as one of the largest centers of classical music in the world. This project aims to preserve the historical memory of one of the most significant events connected with the humanities to occur during World War II.


On the 80th anniversary of the Leningrad performance of Dmitry Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony

The performance of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony on August 9, 1942 in besieged Leningrad was not only a unique phenomenon in musical culture, but also a major socio-political event. The symphony was played in the Grand Hall of the Philharmonia by the Leningrad Radio Committee Orchestra, conducted by Karl Eliasberg.

The St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia is Russia’s oldest, and has been acknowledged as one of the largest centers of classical music in the world. This project aims to preserve the historical memory of one of the most significant events connected with the humanities to occur during World War II.

An International Scientific Conference dedicated to the cultural memory of the Leningrad Symphony will take place on August 9, 2022, bringing together WWII historians and researchers, musicologists, archivists, museum professionals, and cultural memory experts from all over Russia and the former Soviet Union, as well as from Great Britain, USA, Germany, and Finland. Information Letter

The key topics will include the performance of the Seventh Symphony during the war and its significance, the memorialization of the event, documents regarding the preparations for and premieres of performances of the musical piece in Soviet Russia and abroad, and contemporary reflections on this memorable event.

The exhibition in the Grand Hall’s lobby area, which will open on August 9, 2022, will feature the first display in 80 years of the official documents, egodocuments, and artifacts (posters, musical scores, photographs, letters, performers’ original instruments, etc.) related to performances of the symphony in Kuybyshev, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Tashkent, London, New York, and, of course, Leningrad, which will be the centerpiece of the exhibition.

The final event of the day will be a concert by the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, former the Leningrad Radio Committee Orchestra, to be held in the Philharmonia’s Grand Hall. The performance of the Seventh Symphony will be broadcast live over the Internet and on the radio.

The project was conceived and is curated by Dr. Julia Kantor, Doctor of Historical Sciences and Deputy Director and Chief Researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ St. Petersburg Institute of History.

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The Exhibition

In the Grand Hall’s lobby area, which will open on August 9, 2022, will feature the first display in 80 years of the official documents, egodocuments, and artifacts (posters, musical scores, photographs, letters, performers’ original instruments, etc.) related to performances of the symphony in Kuybyshev, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Tashkent, London, New York, and, of course, Leningrad, which will be the centerpiece of the exhibition.

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august, 2022
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The International Scientific Conference

Dedicated to the cultural memory of the Leningrad Symphony will take place on August 9, 2022, bringing together WWII historians and researchers, musicologists, archivists, museum professionals, and cultural memory experts from all over Russia and the former Soviet Union, as well as from Great Britain, USA, Germany, and Finland.

Information Letter

Project partners

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Information partners of the project

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