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Classical music, USSR 1910s - 1940s

Hi all, I am working on a novel (very nearly finished!) that is broadly about orchestral / chamber musicians in the USSR (mostly Leningrad) between the 1910s and the 1940s. I have a reasonably broad knowledge of classical music, but am not a musician myself. I need to decide on specific pieces that my characters play or work on at various points in the novel, and while I have a number of ideas I'd really like to throw it open to any musicians in the community, particularly any Russians. Any suggestions - as many as possible! - would be very gratefully received. A list of the types of piece needed is under the cut.

Pieces needed:
- a violin concerto, ideally by a Russian composer (played in early 1940s)
- something that a violinist could use as an audition piece (for an orchestra) (again early 1940s)
- a duet for piano and violin, with a reasonable simple but challenging piano part - the sort of thing that a talented child could play (the difficulty of the violin part is immaterial) (mid/late 1920s)
- a solo violin piece (or possibly accompanied by a piano) that would be played by a very talented 12 year old (early 1920s)
- a violin duet of considerable difficulty (mid 1930s)
- a piano trio with a fairly challenging violin part (again mid 1930s)
- any number of very difficult pieces for solo violin or two violins (mid/late 1930s)
- two duets for violin and oboe (late 1920s / early 1930s)
- any number of string quartets, but in particular one with a complicated 'cello line (late 1920s / early 1930s)
- any number of pieces that would have been part of the repertoire of a Soviet orchestra (mid 1930s - early 1940s)

Please feel free to make as many suggestions as possible - the more options I have to choose from, the better! And do let me know if you need any more information.
Tags: 1910-1919, 1920-1929, 1930-1939, russia: history, ~music: classical music
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