Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Shostakovich: His Life and His Music” as Want to Read:
Shostakovich: His Life and His Music
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Shostakovich, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Shostakovich

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-17)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jonathan
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
Thomas
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.
M
Jul 02, 2013 M rated it really liked it
A fascinating account of a musical genius plagued by Soviet ideology.
Ray Catellier
Ray Catellier rated it it was amazing
Sep 25, 2010
David Freudenburg
David Freudenburg rated it liked it
Apr 12, 2012
conrad carlock
conrad carlock rated it really liked it
Dec 02, 2014
James
James rated it it was amazing
Nov 25, 2011
Allen Freudenburg
Allen Freudenburg rated it liked it
Jul 09, 2014
Eric
Eric marked it as to-read
Nov 18, 2011
Wendy
Wendy added it
Jun 08, 2013
Pierre A Renaud
Pierre A Renaud marked it as to-read
Aug 24, 2013
Whitney Dodds
Whitney Dodds marked it as to-read
Oct 07, 2014
Bill MacDonald
Bill MacDonald marked it as to-read
Feb 08, 2016
Max
Max marked it as to-read
Aug 23, 2016
BookDB
BookDB marked it as to-read
Oct 28, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

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.
More about Brian Morton...

Share This Book