Piano Sonata No. 2 (Shostakovich)

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Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Sonata No. 2 in B minor, Op. 61 was composed in 1943 in Samara, where he had been evacuated due to the Siege of Leningrad, and was premiered by Shostakovich himself on June 6, soon after moving to Moscow. It was his first piano composition since the 1933 Preludes op.34.

Dedicated to his former teacher Leonid Nikolayev, it consists of three movements with the following markings:

  1. Allegretto
  2. Largo
  3. Moderato