On 8 May 1945, the day of Germany's surrender at the end of World War II, exiled communist Erich Braun returns along with the Red Army to his native city of Dresden, only three months after it was devastated in aerial bombardment. He aids a group of Soviet soldiers to recover the art of the Old Masters Picture Gallery from the ruins of the Zwinger Palace. During the next five days, while searching for the collection, he encounters several of the city's residents who have also returned from the war. Although they distrust the Soviets at first, they eventually assist them to recover the pictures.

Librettist (Music to the film "Five Days, Five Nights" directed by Lev Arnshtam and Heinz Thiel)
Date of composition 1960
Type Film score
Catalogue Op. 111
Instruments Concert Band / Wind Orchestra / Wind Ensemble
Arrangements Dmitri Shostakovitch: Suite from Five Days, Five Nights, Op. 111a
Autotranslations beta Dmitri Chostakovitch: Five Days, Five Nights, Op. 111
Dmitrij Šostakovič: Five Days, Five Nights, Op. 111
Dmitri Dmitrijewitsch Schostakowitsch: Five Days, Five Nights, Op. 111