Dmitri Shostakovich 1906 1975 Has A Reputation As One Of The Leading Composers Of The Twentieth Century But The Story Of His Controversial Role In History Is Still Being Told, And His Full Measure As A Musician Still Being Taken This Collection Of Essays Goes Far In Expanding The Traditional Purview Of Shostakovich S World, Exploring The Composer S Creativity And Art In Terms Of The Expectations Historical, Cultural, And Political That Forged Them.The Collection Contains Documents That Appear For The First Time In English Letters That Young Miti Wrote To His Mother Offer A Glimpse Into His Dreams And Ambitions At The Outset Of His Career Shostakovich S Answers To A 1927 Questionnaire Reveal Much About His Formative Tastes In The Arts And The Way He Experienced The Creative Process His Previously Unknown Letters To Stalin Shed New Light On Shostakovich S Position Within The Soviet Artistic Elite.The Essays Delve Into Neglected Aspects Of Shostakovich S Formidable Legacy Simon Morrison Provides An In Depth Examination Of The Choreography, Costumes, D Cor, And Music Of His Ballet The Bolt And Gerard McBurney Of The Musical References, Parodies, And Quotations In His Operetta Moscow, Cheryomushki David Fanning Looks At Shostakovich S Activities As A Pedagogue And The Mark They Left On His Students And His Own Music Peter J Schmelz Explores The Composer S Late Period Adoption Of Twelve Tone Writing In The Context Of The Distinctively Soviet Practice Of Serialism Other Contributors Include Caryl Emerson, Christopher H Gibbs, Levon Hakobian, Leonid Maximenkov, And Rosa Sadykhova In A Provocative Concluding Essay, Leon Botstein Reflects On The Different Ways Listeners Approach The Music Of Shostakovich. This is a great resource Shostakovich and His World goes beyond the typical debate about whether or not he was a political dissident Surely his relationship with Stalin is not the only thing that compels us to listen to his music What influenced him The pastiche elements in his music are mysterious, inviting every kind of
This book is broken into two parts documents and essays The first portion I found to beaccessible It has English translations of his letters, his response to a questionnaire, and a neat paper on the phenomenon of his seventh symphony in America.The second and longer section Man oh man Let s just say you need a PhD in musicology and Russian culture to get through it Heck many pages were covered in musical notation to illustrate points made in the texts I used to read music a little, This book is broken into two parts documents and ess
I just finished reading a novel that featured many references to Shostakovich s music, so I decided to read a bit about him This book contains letters he wrote to his mother and essays about his music Nice introduction to the man and his time.
- 405 pages
- Shostakovich and His World
- Laurel E. Fay
- 26 July 2019 Laurel E. Fay