A screenplay for the film was written in the 1930s by the director Mikhail Tsekhanovskiy. Work began in 1933. In the same year, the director contacted the young composer Dimitri Shostakovich and asked him to write music to accompany the film. Shostakovich wrote some music for the film in 1933-34 but never completed the score because of the 1936 denunciation of his work in the form of the Pravda article "Muddle Instead of Music". Partially because the film now had no score, work on it was stopped and it was never completed. Other reasons included production difficulties and a general lack of organization at the studio. Although the film was nearly finished, it was put into storage at the Lenfilm archives, where almost all of it was lost in a fire during the Second World War. The 6-minute scene of the market from the tale is all that survives and it stands alone as a classic of Russian animated films.
|Librettist||(Music to the animated film "The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda" by Mikhail Tsekhanovsky based on the eponymous fairy tale in verse by Alexander Pushkin.)|
|Date of composition||1934 (1933-1934)|
Dmitri Shostakovitch: Suite from The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda, Op. 36a
Dmitri Chostakovitch: The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda for chamber orchestra, Op. 36
Dmitrij Šostakovič: The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda for chamber orchestra, Op. 36
Dmitri Dmitrijewitsch Schostakowitsch: The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda for chamber orchestra, Op. 36