The new Shostakovich

by MacDonald, Ian, 1948-2003.

Format: Print Book 1990
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML410.S53 M25 1990x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  ML410.S53 M25 1990x
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This is a really fresh approach to the life and works of the great Russian composer--the first extended one since Solomon Volkov's highly controversial Testimony 10 years ago, which showed Shostakovich (1906-1975), apparently in his own words, to have been an unhappy rebel against Stalinism. MacDonald, an English musicologist and composer, goes even further. Taking the Volkov quotes as his base, and armed with an extensively researched examination of the ups and downs of Soviet cultural life during the 50 years of the composer's maturity, he constructs a version of Shostakovich as a combination of agonized introvert, profound cynic and ``holy fool''; and, more importantly, portrays his music as a vast and skillful evocation of a creative artist profoundly at odds with his society. Such extremely subjective interpretations of the symphonies and chamber works are certainly unusual--and MacDonald's scornful comments on some Western critics suggest he has a hefty axe to grind--but there is no doubt that his extended essays on such controversial works as, say, the fourth, eighth and twelfth symphonies and the fifth and eighth quartets, break new ground. This is a book full of revelations for those interested in Shostakovich, or, indeed, in Soviet cultural history. Photos not seen by PW . (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Shostakovich, Dmitrii╠ć Dmitrievich, -- 1906-1975.
Composers -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Music and state -- Soviet Union.
Publisher Boston :Northeastern University Press,1990
Language English
Description 339 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Discography: page 316.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-326) and indexes.
ISBN 1555530893
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