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Shostakovich: A Life

Shostakovich: A Life

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by Laurel E. Fay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195182510

ISBN-13: 9780195182514

Pub. Date: 07/01/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press

For this authoritative post-cold-war biography of Shostakovich's illustrious but turbulent career under Soviet rule, Laurel E. Fay has gone back to primary documents: Shostakovich's many letters, concert programs and reviews, newspaper articles, and diaries of his contemporaries. An indefatigable worker, he wrote his arresting music despite deprivations during

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For this authoritative post-cold-war biography of Shostakovich's illustrious but turbulent career under Soviet rule, Laurel E. Fay has gone back to primary documents: Shostakovich's many letters, concert programs and reviews, newspaper articles, and diaries of his contemporaries. An indefatigable worker, he wrote his arresting music despite deprivations during the Nazi invasion and constant surveillance under Stalin's regime.
Shostakovich's life is a fascinating example of the paradoxes of living as an artist under totalitarian rule. In August 1942, his Seventh Symphony, written as a protest against fascism, was performed in Nazi-besieged Leningrad by the city's surviving musicians, and was triumphantly broadcast to the German troops, who had been bombarded beforehand to silence them. Alone among his artistic peers, he survived successive Stalinist cultural purges and won the Stalin Prize five times, yet in 1948 he was dismissed from his conservatory teaching positions, and many of his works were banned from performance. He prudently censored himself, in one case putting aside a work based on Jewish folk poems. Under later regimes he balanced a career as a model Soviet, holding government positions and acting as an international ambassador with his unflagging artistic ambitions.
In the years since his death in 1975, many have embraced a view of Shostakovich as a lifelong dissident who encoded anti-Communist messages in his music. This lucid and fascinating biography demonstrates that the reality was much more complex. Laurel Fay's book includes a detailed list of works, a glossary of names, and an extensive bibliography, making it an indispensable resource for future studies of Shostakovich.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195182514
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Pages:
488
Sales rank:
1,242,026
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Abbreviationsxi
Note on Transliterationxiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction1
1 Childhood (1906-1919)7
2 Conservatory (1919-1926)17
3 Spreading Wings (1926-1928)33
4 Pioneer (1929-1932)49
5 Tragedy-Satire (1932-1936)67
6 Crisis (1936-1937)87
7 Reprieve (1938-1941)107
8 The War Years (1941-1944)123
9 "Victory" (1945-1948)145
10 Public and Private (1948-1953)167
11 The Thaw (1953-1958)185
12 Consolidation (1958-1961)207
13 Renewal (1961-1966)225
14 Jubilees (1966-1969)247
15 Immortality (1970-1975)265
Notes289
List of Works347
Glossaryof Names363
Select Bibliography387
Index423

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