Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia

from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, page 202:

…Yes, we must all admit that Soviet music is still far from fulfilling all the tasks set by life. Many new works give only a pale reflection of the fervent, full-blooded life of the Soviet people. We are beginning to hear more and more indifferent musical ‘scribblings’. Everything in these works may be correct and smoothly exected, but they leave one cold. You can listen to them five, ten, twenty times, and still remember nothing. Or perhaps a professional musician may occasionally be able to call to mind one of these works, but his heart will be unmoved by it…

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Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 202. accessed: 11 December, 2023

location of experience: Russia


Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist

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Excerpt from 'Sovetskaya Kultura', 24 Jan., 1959.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Sun, 03 Jan 2016 16:52:13 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:15:16 +0100