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|Download Ebook õ Shostakovich: A Life ¿ 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 , 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 inhe 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 , 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 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 This is the standard current biography of Dmitry Shostakovich, and it s a good read, too It s straightforward and concentrates mostly on biography instead of musical analysis I found Shostakovich and his life very interesting, if rather saddening He didn t have a very happy life I think he never was able to escape from the long shadow of his experiences under Stalin s regime, especially during the Terror and its purges It seemed as if Stalin and his regime were very much against Shostakovi This is the standard current biography of Dmitry Shostakovich, and it s a good read, too It s straightforward and concentrates mostly on biography instead of musical analysis I found Shostakovich and his life very interesting, if rather saddening He didn t have a very happy life I think he never was able to escape from the long shadow of his experiences under Stalin s regime, especially during the Terror and its purges It seemed as if Stalin and his regime were very much against Shostakovich, but, because of his stature as a composer, instead of arresting him, they sought to control him by subjecting him to series of minor persecutions while holding the threat of a larger one over his head I doubt he ever really got over the fear and anxiety of those years.Now that I ve read this book, I think I shall embark on athorough investigation of Shostakovich s music , Laurel E Fay 1906 Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich ,Laurel E Fay , Laurel E Fay 1906 Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich ,Laurel E Fay 19 1926 , ,,,, 1926 ,,28 1936, Glikman, 1968 62,, 1936 1961,,, , 1936 1940, DisclaimerI skim read most of the later chapters, as I was mostly looking into the reception of Shostakovich s War symphonies especially his Seventh, the Leningrad and how the composer fell in and out of Party favour, particularly during the Stalinist years Also, the biography itself is not actually too long, ending on p.287, with the rest of the book taken up with notes, the bibliography and a list of Shostakovich s work.A straightforward and, above all, cautious bibliographical account DisclaimerI skim read most of the later chapters, as I was mostly looking into the reception of Shostakovich s War symphonies especially his Seventh, the Leningrad and how the composer fell in and out of Party favour, particularly during the Stalinist years Also, the biography itself is not actually too long, ending on p.287, with the rest of the book taken up with notes, the bibliography and a list of Shostakovich s work.A straightforward and, above all, cautious bibliographical account of the famous Soviet composer s life, a narrative of his life rather than an analysis into his music Fay is careful not to make any grand claims about Shostakovich s motivations or political leanings As she states in her introduction Writing about Shostakovich remains laced with political and moral subtexts At its most extreme, it simply replaces one orthodoxy with another, reversing the polarities of the old, shopworn Soviet cliches the true believing Communist citizen composer is inverted into an equally unconvincing caricature of a lifelong closet dissident She is particularly scathing of Solomon Volkov s Testimony, the so called authorised memoirs of Shostakovich, which in fact appears not having read it in full myself to be highly embellished and provocative, while offering little evidence on the authenticity of its claims This books attempts to add in some balance Indeed, it is impossible to say both how different Shostakovich s life and career would have been, and over how he felt about this personally, had he not been under tremendous pressure from the Soviet state to conform both ideologically and aesthetically A solid read for those interested both in Shostakovich himself, and importance of art and culture in the Soviet Union anyone else here listen too shostakovich