Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia - the 1900's

from Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov, page 201:

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 >>

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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. 201. accessed: 23 May, 2024

location of experience: Russia


Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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written by Alexandrov, Iona Tuskiya, Khachaturian, Dmitri Shostakovich
performed by Bolshoi's orchestra, Red Army Chorys

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1900's
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public


During this anthems competition, Stalin compeled Shostakovich to write an anthem together with Khachaturian.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 11 May 2015 14:02:11 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:27:21 +0000