Symphony Number Eleven

The Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 (subtitled The Year 1905), by Dmitri Shostakovich was written in 1957 and premiered by the USSR Symphony Orchestra. The subtitle of the symphony refers to the events of the Russian Revolution of 1905. However, the music may also reflect the Soviet invasion of Hungary according to the composer himself.


The poem originally appeard in Peninsula Poets, the journal of The Poetry Society of Michigan and has since been re-published as part of my collection, Protective Coloration, available from Kelsay Books and at

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