Dmitri Shostakovich - the 1900's

from Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov, page 181:

In Rimsky-Korsakov’s version, the orchestra often sounds more colourful that in mine. He uses brighter timbres and chops up the melodic lines too much. I juxtapose the basic orchestral groups more often, and stress more sharply the dramatic ‘outbursts’ and ‘splashes’. Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestra sounds calmer and more balanced. I don’t think that’s appropriate to Boris. He should have followed the mood changes of the characters with more flexibility. And besides, I feel that the meaning of the choruses is more easily made clear by setting off the melody. In Rimsky-Korsakov’s …   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. 181. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1431348483873 accessed: 12 August, 2022

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Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist
1906-1975

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Boris Godunov
written by Modest Mussorgsky

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Date/Time the 1900's

Notes

Shostakovich comparing his version of 'Boris Godunov', by Mussorgsky, with the one by Rimski-Korsakov.


Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 11 May 2015 13:48:04 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:22:11 +0000