DSCH

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The DSCH motif

DSCH is a musical motif used by the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich to represent himself, in the manner of the BACH motif of Johann Sebastian Bach. It consists of the notes D-E flat-C-B, D-Es-C-H in German notation, standing for his initials (Д. Ш.) in German spelling (D. Sch.).

The motif occurs in many of his works including the Symphony No. 10 in E minor, the String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, the Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, the Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major and the Opus 60 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B minor.

DSCH Journal, the standard journal of Shostakovich studies takes its name from the motif, and "DSCH" is sometimes used as an abbreviation of the composer's name.

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