The motion picture tells a story of the underground struggle of Italian patriots against the Austrian invaders for independence of their homeland. Against the background of these events is a tragic story of a man transformed from a pure heart and an enthusiastic young man to an ruthless revolutionary - the legendary and elusive Gadfly.

Librettist (Music to the film "The Gadfly" directed by Aleksandr Fajntsimmer based on the novel "The Gadfly" by Ethel Lilian Voynich.)
Date of composition 1955
Type Film score
Catalogue Op. 97
Instruments Orchestra
Arrangements Dmitri Shostakovitch: Spanish dance, from The Gadfly, Op. 97b
Autotranslations beta Dmitri Chostakovitch: The Gadfly, Op. 97
Dmitrij Šostakovič: The Gadfly, Op. 97
Dmitri Dmitrijewitsch Schostakowitsch: The Gadfly, Op. 97