Shostakovich and Stalin: The Extraordinary Relationship Between the Great Composer and the Brutal Dictator

Shostakovich and Stalin: The Extraordinary Relationship Between the Great Composer and the Brutal Dictator

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“Music illuminates a person and provides him with his last hope; even Stalin, a butcher, knew that.” So said the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, whose first compositions in the 1920s identified him as an avant-garde wunderkind. But that same singularity became a liability a decade later under the totalitarian rule of Stalin, with his unpredictable grounds for the persecution of artists. Solomon Volkov—who cowrote Shostakovich’s controversial 1979 memoir,… (more)


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Publisher: Knopf (December 18, 2007)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 336 pages

File size: 455 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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