Dmitri Shostakovich - the 1900's

from Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov, page 16:

I hear many mediocre musicians. A great many. But they have the right to live. It’s only song and dance ensembles like the Red Army chorus that drive me mad. If I were suddenly to become minister of culture, I would immediately disband all these ensembles. That would be my first order. I would naturally be arrested immediately for sabotage, but they would never reorganize the scattered ensembles.
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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. 16. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427830265752 accessed: 7 December, 2022

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Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist
1906-1975

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Date/Time the 1900's

Originally submitted by verafonte on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:31:05 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:24:48 +0000