Shostakovich: His Life and Music


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Dmitri Shostakovich was the most popular Soviet composer of his generation. Internationally esteemed, his reputation has increased since his death in 1975. He is now widely considered to be the last great classical symphonist. He wrote his "First Symphony" aged only nineteen and soon embarked on a dual career as concert pianist and composer. His early avantegardism was to result in the triumph of his 1934 opera "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk". Though first highly praised, Shostakovich would suffer from a complex and brutalising ...

Shostakovich: His Life and Music 2006, Haus Pub.

ISBN-13: 9781904950509