Dmitri Shostakovich - the 1900's

from Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov, page 173:

Braga’s serenade, 'A Maiden’s Prayer', plays an important part in 'The Black Monk'. Once upon a time it was very popular, but now the music is forgotten. I’ll definitely use it in the opera. I even have a recording of it, I asked some young musicians to play it for me. When I listen to it, I can picture clearly what the opera must be like. I also think about this: what, in essence, is good music and bad music? I don’t know, I can’t answer definitively. Take that serenade, for instance. According to all the rules it should be bad music, but every time I listen …   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. 173. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1431347822701 accessed: 9 December, 2022

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Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist
1906-1975

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1900's
Medium live, playback

Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 11 May 2015 13:37:02 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:20:51 +0000