Contemplating Shostakovich: Life, Music and Film

Contemplating Shostakovich: Life, Music and Film

by Alexander Ivashkin, Andrew Kirkman

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Contemplating Shostakovich marks an important new stage in the understanding of Shostakovich and his working environment. Each chapter covers aspects of the composer's output in the context of his life and cultural milieu. The contributions uncover 'outside' stimuli behind Shostakovich's works, allowing the reader to perceive the motivations behind his artistic choices; at the same time, the nature of those choices offers insights into the workings of the larger world – cultural, social, political – that he inhabited. Thus his often ostensibly quirky choices are revealed as responses – by turns sentimental, moving, sardonic and angry – to the particular conditions, with all their absurdities and contradictions, that he had to negotiate. Here we see the composer emerging from the role of tortured loner of older narratives into that of the gregarious and engaged member of his society that, for better and worse, characterized the everyday reality of his life.

This invaluable collection offers remarkable new insight, in both depth and range, into the nature of Shostakovich's working circumstances and of his response to them. The collection contains the seeds for a wide range of new directions in the study of Shostakovich's works and the larger contexts of their creation and reception.

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ISBN-13: 9781409472025
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 01/28/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 19 MB
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About the Author

Alexander Ivashkin was a professional cellist with an international career. He was Professor of Music, Director of Classical Performance and Director of the Centre for Russian Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. He recorded over forty award-winning CDs on Chandos, Naxos and BMG, and published books on Penderecki, Ives, Schnittke and Rostropovich.

Andrew Kirkman is Peyton and Barber Professor of Music at the University of Birmingham. As a musicologist, he specializes in music of the fifteenth century, and his book The Cultural Life of the Early Polyphonic Mass: Medieval Context to Modern Revival was recently published. He is an active performer of music from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, and his Renaissance vocal ensemble, 'The Binchois Consort', has to date recorded nine highly-acclaimed discs on the Hyperion label.

Elizabeth Wilson, Alexander Ivashkin, Gilbert C.Rappaport, Ivan Sokolov, Erik Heine, John Riley, Olga Dombrovskaia, Inna Barsova, Vladimir Orlov, Terry Klefstad, Olga Digonskaia.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Part I Music and Style: Through the looking glass: reflections on the significance of words and symbols in Shostakovich’s music, Elizabeth Wilson; Shostakovich, old believers and new minimalists, Alexander Ivashkin; Five Satires (Pictures of the Past) by Dmitrii Shostakovich (op. 109): the musical unity of a vocal cycle, Gilbert C. Rappaport; Moving towards an understanding of Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata, Ivan Sokolov, translated by Elizabeth Wilson. Part II Film: Madness by design: Hamlet’s state as defined through music, Erik Heine; Stalin (and Lenin) at the movies, John Riley; Hamlet, King Lear and their companions: the other side of film music, Olga Dombrovskaia. Part III Life and Documents: Arrangements for Piano Four Hands in Dmitrii Shostakovich’s creative work and performance, Inna Barsova; Shostakovich and Soviet Eros: forbidden fruit in the realm of communal Communism, Vladimir Orlov; A Soviet opera in America, Terry Klefstad; Shostakovich in the mid-1930s: operatic plans and implementations (regarding the attribution of an unknown autograph), Olga Digonskaia, translated by Stephen Dinkeldein; Select bibliography; Index.

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