Dmitri Shostakovich - 1961

from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, page 219:

The best traditions of Russian classical and Soviet opera combine with persistent attempts to find new dramatic situations, new images and new expressive devices. In Prokofiev’s last opera, A Story of a Real Man, the episodes describing the plight of the injured Meresyev and the scenes in hospital are produced on the stage with great boldness. All this naturally required new devices. Prokofiev develops the song idiom traditional in Soviet opera in original fashion: the inspired …   more >>

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Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 219. accessed: 4 March, 2024


Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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'A Story of a Real Man'
written by Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time 1961
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Excerpt from 'Izvestia, 13 May, 1961.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:28:48 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:21:24 +0100