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.
Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 49-50. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1451586824422 accessed: 27 June, 2022
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, in public|
Excerpt from 'Leningradskaya Pravda', 28 Dec., 1934.