Dmitri Shostakovich - the 1900's

from Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov, page 131:

After all, I like listening to music. That’s not the same as simply liking music. Naturally, it’s silly for me to say that I love music, that goes without saying. And I love all music- from Bach to Offenbach. But I love only good music, that is, what I consider good music at any given time. But I like listening to any music, including bad music. It’s a professional disease, an addiction to notes. The brain finds sustenance in any combination of sounds. It works constantly, performing various composerly operations. / When I listen to orchestral music, I transcribe it for piano in my mind.…   more >>
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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. 131. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1431347182660 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 Mon, 11 May 2015 13:26:22 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:16:19 +0000