String Quartet No. 5 (Shostakovich)

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Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat major (Op. 92) was composed in autumn 1952. It was premiered in Leningrad in November 1953 by the Beethoven Quartet, to whom it is dedicated.[1]


It consists of three movements, performed without a break:

  1. Allegro non troppo -
  2. Andante - Andantino - Andante - Andantino - Andante -
  3. Moderato - Allegretto - Andante

Playing time is approximately 30 minutes.

The work grows from a five note motif: C, D, E flat, B and C sharp, which contains the four pitch-classes of the composer's musical monogram: DSCH (E flat being S and B being H in German). This motif appears in a number of his other string quartets, including the Eighth, as well as his Tenth Symphony.[2]


  1. ^ Harris (2014)
  2. ^ Griffiiths (2012)


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