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Shostakovich: His Life and His Music

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  8 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Dmitri Shostakovich wrote 15 symphonies, chamber music, ballets and operas, the latter including Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk 1934, which was suppressed as 'too divorced from the proletariat', but revived as Katerina Izmaylova 1963.
Hardcover, 138 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Haus Publishing
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Jul 03, 2007 Jonathan rated it liked it
"Shostakovich had avoided the fate of many writers, composers, and playwrights who were shot, gulaged, driven to suicide or forced to emigrate during the Stalin purges of the 30s. As Brian Morton explains in his concise Shostakovich: His Life and Music (Haus, $25), Shostakovich had been successful in 'disguising his deeper, slower evolution behind a façade of accommodating activity, all the time refusing to be a pipe that others could play on, farting inaudibly under cover of the noise and brouh ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Thomas rated it liked it
Although a compelling picture of Shostakovich's life, its depth of its descriptions is highly variable and mildly opinionated. A great outline that also provides a picture his life in the USSR, it brushes off a great body of Shostakovich's work without any stated justification. I especially noted this with his more "Soviet" pieces, the ones that didn't reek of irony and dissent.
Jul 02, 2013 M rated it really liked it
A fascinating account of a musical genius plagued by Soviet ideology.
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Brian Morton (born 1954) is a Scottish writer, journalist and broadcaster, mainly specialising in jazz and modern literature. Morton was educated at Edinburgh University and taught in the late 1970s at the University of East Anglia and the University of Tromsø in Norway.
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