Autograph note from the important composer to the widow and children of violinist Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, a founding member of the Beethoven Quartet, to whose memory Shostakovich's Eleventh Quartet is dedicated. Zhukovsky, December 29, 1970. Translated from the Russian: "Dear Nina Borisovna, Nina Vasilievna, Sasha, Please accept our warmest greetings for the New Year. Wishing you all the best. Yours, N. and D. Shostakovich." 14.5 x 20 cm. Together with the original envelope in the composer's hand, 15.2 x 9.8 cm. In very fine condition.