Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia - in the beginning of the 1900's
A composer conducting his own work usually looks ridiculous. There are a few exceptions, but Berg didn’t add to the list. As soon as he started waving his arms, the wonderful Maryinsky Theatre orchestra disintegrated, each member pulling in his own direction. / It did not bode well, but the situation was saved by Vladimir Dranishnikov, the theatre’s chief conductor. He stood behind Berg and signalled the orchestra, Berg didn’t notice a thing because he was so engrossed in the process of conducting.
Dmitri Shostakovich, and Soloman Volkov (ed.), Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov (London, 1979), p. 31-32. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427835530641 accessed: 25 November, 2017
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written by Alban Berg
|Date/Time||in the beginning of the 1900's|
|Listening Environment||indoors, in public|