Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia - 1938

from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, page 74:

I got to know Mravinsky best when we were working together on my Fifth Symphony. I must confess that at first I was rather put off by his methods. I felt that he was too preoccupied with small things, that he paid too much attention to detail, and it seemed to me that this would damage the overall plan and intention. Mravinsky subjected me to a veritable interrogation about every bar and every thought, demanding answer to his every doubt. But after we had been working together five days I realised that this method was perfectly …   more >>

cite as

Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 72-73. accessed: 4 March, 2024

location of experience: Russia


Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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Fifth Symphony
written by Aleksandr Glazunov, Dmitri Shostakovich, Nikolai Myaskovsky
performed by Yevgeny Mravinsky

Experience Information

Date/Time 1938
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Excerpt from 'Smena', Leningrad, 18 Oct., 1938.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:44:10 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:47:10 +0100