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A somewhat distant account of the composer s life and work, constantly interrupted with well deserved indictments of the USSR s despicable policies toward arts and letters In so depressing a milieu Shostakovich s music inevitably conveys sombre and bitter tones, yet occasionally sparkles with brilliant jollity and wit Ms Wilson s account does much to explain these seeming anomalies. The life of Dimitri Shostakovich is the story of the Soviet Union Shostakovich s parents were part of the intelligentsia at the end of the Tsarist era and spent part of Shostakovich s early years in internal exile Shostakovich was a teenager for the revolution and civil war years He was besieged in Leningrad by the Nazis Persecuted by Stalinism and allowed a small degree of freedom in the thaw after Khruschev took power And then, later in life he was both revered by younger artists and cast The life of Dimitri Shostakovich is the story of the Soviet Union Shostakovich s parents were part of the intelligentsia at the end of the Tsarist era and spent part of Shostakovich s early years in internal exile Shostakovich was a teenager for the revolution and civil war years He was besieged in Leningrad by the Nazis Persecuted by Stalinism and allowed a small degree of freedom in the thaw after Khruschev took power And then, later in life he was both revered by younger artists and castigated for the personal compromises he made with the Soviet regime Shostakovich s music was modern although not avant garde and did not conform with notions of Soviet Socialist Realism Nevertheless, by the time of World War II he was a world famous composer and the Soviet s could not be too tough on him as they worked to improve their international reputation.Elizabeth Wilson s biography focuses on Shostakovich s life and how he navigated the currents of history that flowed so strongly through his life The biography is told from the point of view of remembrances of people who knew Shostakovich when he was alive At times, therefore, the posthumous remembrances border on hagiography rather than biography Nevertheless, a clear picture of a musical prodigy emerges devoted to his craft to the exclusion of all other considerations Shostakovich learned to make peace with the authorities He did not engage in all out war with them Ms Wilson describes much of Shostakovich s music, but not in overly technical terms like other composer biographies, making this book suitable for non music folks.In the end, this turns into a fascinating biography of Shostakovich and another way to see Soviet history I highly recommend it, @Free Kindle ê Shostakovich: A Life Remembered ⚜ Shostakovich A Life Remembered is a unique study of the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich, based on reminiscences from his contemporaries family members, friends, fellow musicians and other prominent figures of the time Elizabeth Wilson covers the composer s life from his early successes to his struggles under the Stalinist regime, and his international recognition as one of the leading composers of the th century She builds up a detailed picture of Shostakovich s creative processes, how he was perceived by contemporaries and of the increased contrast between his private life and public image as his fame increasedThis revised edition, produced to coincide with the centenary of Shostakovich s birth, draws on many new writings on the composer This provides both a detailed and focused image of Shostakovich s life, and a wider view of his cultural background A particular aspect of Shostakovich which is revealed in this new edition is his sardonic and witty sense of humour, displayed in many of his letters to close friendsShostakovich A Life Remembered provides fascinating insight into the complex personality and the musical life of this great composer, and examines his position as one of the major figures of cultural life in th century Russia I was fascinated by this book, being an inside glimpse into the life of DDS There are some personal stories that are memorable Many good interviews, pictures, and stories.The 8th Symphony if you only knew how much blood that C major cost me Poem Music by Anna A. A monumental achievement, rather numbing in its details but powerful overall. This is for sure the best biography of a composer that I have ever read The author uses interviews, articles and reports with people that knew Shostakovich providing you with an incredibly vivid picture of him His life, his personality, his compositions, the controversy around his ideological stand but also his time in general gets to life through these reports This book is an incredible collection of sources and knowledge about Shostakovich, taking you so close to him that at the end it feel This is for sure the best biography of a composer that I have ever read The author uses interviews, articles and reports with people that knew Shostakovich providing you with an incredibly vivid picture of him His life, his personality, his compositions, the controversy around his ideological stand but also his time in general gets to life through these reports This book is an incredible collection of sources and knowledge about Shostakovich, taking you so close to him that at the end it feels like saying goodbye to a life long friend At first the sheer volume made me put the book down However, later I picked it again and liked itandIt s large, so you might find that intimidating.It consists of testimonies from various people involved in composer s life What is fascinating is that it presents him and these people in flesh and bones, within a panoply of human states such as emotions, jealousies, mediocrity, cowardice or bravery, joy or fear In the process it humanizes Shostakovich, who appears as very kind with At first the sheer volume made me put the book down However, later I picked it again and liked itandIt s large, so you might find that intimidating.It consists of testimonies from various people involved in composer s life What is fascinating is that it presents him and these people in flesh and bones, within a panoply of human states such as emotions, jealousies, mediocrity, cowardice or bravery, joy or fear In the process it humanizes Shostakovich, who appears as very kind with others His life parallels the forming and crystallizing of the Soviet Union.The book is a source of inspiration and has to be reread.Also, as it is presented chronologically, you might read it while checking the musical compositions whose creation is descried This book is constructed in such a unique style through its incredible wealth of anecdotes, personal recollections within a chronological framework of his life and works Shostakovich was such a famously enigmatic composer yet i find whenever i dip into this book i come away with apersonal sense of the man with all his complexities his friendships,loyalties, strengths, and inner torments Its a really invaluable reference. A wonderful compilation of testimonies by just about every contemporary of Shostakovich imaginable Loved it Just a personal side note I have been immersed in Shostakovich s for almost two months now Even after reading several books on the man and his music, I am still at a bit of a loss as to why I find his music so compelling I have always been drawn to the beautiful melodies of the Romantic composers Melodies were definitely not Shostakovich s forte and I don t think that bothered him a b A wonderful compilation of testimonies by just about every contemporary of Shostakovich imaginable Loved it Just a personal side note I have been immersed in Shostakovich s for almost two months now Even after reading several books on the man and his music, I am still at a bit of a loss as to why I find his music so compelling I have always been drawn to the beautiful melodies of the Romantic composers Melodies were definitely not Shostakovich s forte and I don t think that bothered him a bit But there is something theresomething forceful that demands to be heard Shostakovich probably would have hated how melodramatic that sounds lol.Anyway, on to Laurel Fey s work for a balance in perspective If you like Shostakovich, then this book is essential It consists pretty much entirely of memories and account by people who knew Shostakovich, which makes it reliable and a great read Elizabeth Wilson iseditor than writer, as her words are usually only there to situate a quote in a certain situation time period, but I think this is a very positive thing not because she s a bad writer, but because it helps with the general feel of the book I know have an idea of what Shostakovich was If you like Shostakovich, then this book is essential It consists pretty much entirely of memories and account by people who knew Shostakovich, which makes it reliable and a great read Elizabeth Wilson iseditor than writer, as her words are usually only there to situate a quote in a certain situation time period, but I think this is a very positive thing not because she s a bad writer, but because it helps with the general feel of the book I know have an idea of what Shostakovich was like as a person, as a friend, and I love that