Dmitri Shostakovich - the 1900's

from Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov, page 119:

This quality of Jewish folk music is close to my idea of what music should be. There should always be two layers in music. Jews were tormented for so long that they learned to hide their despair. They express despair in dance music. All folk music is lovely, but I can say that Jewish folk music is unique. Many composers listened to it, including Russian composers – Mussorgsky, for instance. He carefully set down Jewish folksongs. Many of my works reflect my impressions of Jewish music.
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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. 119. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1431346802141 accessed: 7 December, 2022

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Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist
1906-1975

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Jewish folk music

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Date/Time the 1900's

Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 11 May 2015 13:20:02 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:09:29 +0000