Symphony No. 22 (Myaskovsky)

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Nikolai Myaskovsky composed his Symphony No. 22 in B minor in 1941. Its official name is Symphonic Ballad (or Ballade), and it lasts about 35–40 minutes in performance.

The symphony is in one movement in three sections:

  1. Lento. Allegro non troppo in B minor[1][2]
  2. Andante con duolo in B minor
  3. Allegro energico, ma non troppo vivo in B minor

The first section begins with a slow introduction which acts as a section-connecting and recurring motive, in B minor but with a tendency to slip to a G major chord. When this introductory material is last heard, near the end of the symphony, the top G rises to a G several times.

The symphony was premiered in Tbilisi under Abram Stasevich on 12 January 1942.[3] It was possibly among the first symphonic responses to The Great Patriotic War (World War II), predating Dmitri Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony.


  • Yevgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Symphony Orchestra, recorded May 2, 1970, for Melodiya,[4] reissued on Olympia, Alto and Warner Classics
  • Aleksandr Titov, St Petersburg State Academic SO, on Northern Flowers NF/PMA 9966, recorded June 24, 2008[5]


  1. ^ "Movement headings". Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Keys from score
  3. ^ "Review of Titov CD of Symphony 22". May 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "persistent link to a library catalog entry for Svetlanov's recording". Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "persistent link to a library catalog entry for Titov's recording". Retrieved 11 January 2010.