Dmitri Shostakovich - the 1900's

from Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov, page 3:

Father sang; he sang gypsy romances, things such as 'Ah, it's not you I love so passionately' and The chrysanthemems in the garden have faded'. Magical music, they called it, and it was a great help to me later on when I banged away on the piano in cinemas. I don’t renounce my interest in gypsy songs. I don’t see anything shameful in it, as opposed to, say, Prokofiev, who pretended to be enraged when he heard such music. He probably had a better musical education than I did. But at least I’m not a snob.

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Dmitri Shostakovich, and Soloman Volkov (ed.), Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov (London, 1979), p. 3. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427827988461 accessed: 7 December, 2022

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Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist
1906-1975

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Gypsy songs performed by Shostakovich's father

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1900's
Medium live

Originally submitted by verafonte on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:53:08 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:22:55 +0000