Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia - the 1900's
The auditions of the various anthems went on for a long time. Finally the leader and teacher announced that five anthems were in the finals. They were the ones written by Alexandrov, the Georgian composer Iona Tuskiya, Khachaturian, me, and Khachaturian and myself jointly. Now a more important round came up, held at the Bolshoi Theatre. Each anthem was performed three times – without orchestra, orchestra without chorus, and chorus and orchestra. That way they could see how it would sound under different circumstances. They should have tried it underwater, but no one thought of it. The… more >>
Dmitri Shostakovich, and Soloman Volkov (ed.), Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov (London, 1979), p. 201. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1431349330783 accessed: 19 May, 2021
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written by Alexandrov, Iona Tuskiya, Khachaturian, Dmitri Shostakovich
|performed by Bolshoi's orchestra, Red Army Chorys|
|Listening Environment||indoors, in public|
During this anthems competition, Stalin compeled Shostakovich to write an anthem together with Khachaturian.