Sound of a Soviet Tragedy, The
på: Socialist Review (September 2006)
Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich was born 100 years ago. Simon Behrman looks at the music of an artist whose life was intertwined with the fate of the 1917 revolution. Se også Simon Behrman’s book Shostakovich (Redwords, 2010)
Laughter in the dark
på: New Statesman (24th July 2006)
Shostakovich has come to represent the tragedy and terror of the 20th century, but this overlooks his impudent humour, writes Peter Conrad.
The Shostakovich revival
på: Frontline (Nov. 05 – 18, 2005)
The music of Shostakovich resonates with contemporary relevance in a world where so many certainties have evaporated and apocalyptic visions dominate the human spirit.
Fight for Shostakovich, The
på: La Scena Musicale (March 24, 2004)
Deep in the silos of the American midwest, a Cold War missile is being readied for launch. From Indiana University Press at Bloomington, advance copies are being mailed out this week of what is academically warranted to be ”˜the definitive statement on the Shostakovich controversy’.
Leon Botstein on Dmitri Shostakovich
på: Andante : Everything classical (July 2004)
The conductor, professor and polymath on why the much-discussed composer may be the 20th century’s greatest.
In the comments below, Leon Botstein – music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, president of Bard College in New York State, co-artistic director of the Bard Music Festival and renowned in classical music circles for his innovative thematic programming – talks about why he is devoting the entire 2004 Bard Festival (13-15 and 20-22 August) to “Shostakovich and His World” and why the Soviet Union’s most prominent composer matters for listeners today.
Legacy of Dmitri Shostakovich, The : Clarifying a confused debate
på: World Socialist Web Site (7 April 2000)
A quarter century after his death, interest in the works of Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich has never been greater, while the debate over the relationship of this music to the history of the twentieth century continues to rage.
på: Andante : Everything classical (July 2004)
In early 1966, Leonard Bernstein threw a birthday party for Dmitri Shostakovich in Lincoln Center’s Philharmonic Hall. Although the great Soviet composer couldn’t attend, Bernstein bounded onto the stage and announced to a crowd of squirming schoolchildren that, in honor of the occasion, he would be performing one of Shostakovich’s “gayest and most amusing works,” the Ninth Symphony. It’s like a “witty comedy in the theatre, where you’re treated to one joke after another – wisecracks, punchlines, surprises, twisteroos.” The final movement is “like sitting down to a big serious banquet and being served hot dogs and potato chips.”A perky violin solo set against the brass section is “like Mickey Mouse leading a football cheer.”
Revolutionary life, revolutionary legacy
på: Weekly Worker (December 21 2000).
Overshadowed by the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach, the year 2000 also commemorated 25 years since the death of Dmitri DmitrievichShostakovich, the undisputed symphonic genius of the 20th century.
Shostakovich: Was He a Soviet Dissident?
på: George Mason University’s History News Network
[Kilde: Moscow Times. Aug. 12, 2004]
Leon Trotsky once wrote that anyone with a hankering for the quiet life had made a mistake to be born in the 20th century. For some public figures who made that mistake, the 21st century has been no more tranquil.
One such person is Dmitry Shostakovich, whose life and output have once again become the subject of heated debate in anticipation of his centennial in 2006.
World Socialist Web Site
Shostakovich threatened by Stalinist music review
på: World Socialsit Web Site; This Week in History: 75 years Ago (24 January 2011)
“Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” … Joseph Stalin attended the performance on January 24,1936 in Leningrad. A few days later, on the 28th, a review entitled “Muddle not Music” appeared in the pages of Pravda. Sanctioned by Stalin, the article accused Shostakovich … of promoting petty bourgeois “formalism”.
An open letter to Shostakovitch (pdf)
på: AMT Archive Initiative
[Kilde: The New Reasoner. Summer 1957, no. 1]
May I, an English composer, send you belated but none the less warm congratulations and greetings on the occasion of your jubilee? In your fifty-first year and at the height of your creative powers your works are deeply loved by thousands in many countries; your fellow composers respect and admire you as a master and as one of the great creative minds of this century.
Shostakovich, the musical conscience of the Russian Revolution, Part One + Part Two.
på: In Defence of Marxism (21 December 2006)
This year is the centenary of Dimitri Shostakovich, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, a giant who gave voice to the sufferings and triumphs of the Soviet people in one of the most turbulent and revolutionary periods in history. In this two part article, Alan Woods attempts to show Shostakovich as he really was: a great Soviet artist who used music to express the terrible and inspiring events of the period in which he lived, a man of the people who believed in the possibility of a better world under socialism.