Shostakovich Piano Sheet Music

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975) was a great composer from the Soviet Union.

For the most part, Shostakovich edited his music very well, so any edition should be fine. An edition that contains useful fingering and pedaling suggestions will be most ideal to minimize difficulty of learning the pieces.

Prelude and Fugues, Op. 87

MCA Publishing

A very rare edition to find because it is no longer published.

Published in 1973 by MCA Music and edited by Julien Musafia (he worked on the edition with the composer).

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Sofia Moshevich, author of the book “Shostakovich’s Music for Piano Solo: Interpretation and Performance,” strongly recommends using this edition. This edition provides excellent fingering suggestions, pedal markings, and assignments of the hands.

Some users complain about the ink distribution within the text of the score, but praise Musafia for his editing, which makes learning the pieces easier.

You can see short samples of this edition in Sofia Moshevich’s book here.

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Sikorski Edition

Sikorski is a Russian edition with good paper, print, and quality

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DSCH Edition

DSCH is the original publisher for Shostakovich’s music.

Users of this edition complain about the binding of this book. It falls apart quite easily.

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Edition Peters

A good inexpensive edition for the Prelude and Fugues.

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Piano Concerto, Op. 35 and Op. 102

International Music Company

Piano Concerto 1, Op. 35

Users of this edition praise the paper quality and print size. Not much help is provided with fingering suggestions though.

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Piano Concerto 2, Op. 102

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Boosey and Hawkes

Piano Concerto 2

A pretty straightforward edition. Good print size. No fingering suggestions.

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Piano Preludes, Op. 34

International Music Company

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Sikorski Edition

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DSCH Edition

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Piano Sonatas, Op. 12 and Op. 61

Sikorski Edition

Contains fingering suggestions (which are very much needed!). A sample of this is seen in the Amazon link for the first sonata.

Sonata 1, Op. 12

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Sonata 2, Op. 61

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MCA Publishing

A rare edition that is no longer in print. (I could not find samples of this edition online).

Sonata 1

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Sonata 2

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DSCH Edition

Does not contain fingering suggestions or editorial markings.

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Sonata 1

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Sonata 2

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Piano Trios, Op 8. and Op. 67

International Music Company

Edited by Robert Taub. Much easier to read in comparison to the Sikorski edition.

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Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor

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Sikorski Edition

Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor

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Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor

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