Dmitri Shostakovich in Florence - 1934

from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, pages 49-50:

Let us compare, for example, the hugely successful Leningrad Music Festival with the disastrous failure of the Festival in Florence. The latter was dull, grey, lifeless, and very poorly attended. No on wanted to listen, the programme was full of mediocre, average works, utterly lacking in inspiration. Not a single outstanding piece of music! No, it was not a bright year for the West.

cite as

Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 49-50. accessed: 21 February, 2024

location of experience: Florence


Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist

Experience Information

Date/Time 1934
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public


Excerpt from 'Leningradskaya Pravda', 28 Dec., 1934.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:33:44 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:44:46 +0100