Dmitri Shostakovich - the 1900's

from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, page 286:


To a certain extent, I feel that the formula ‘the end justifies the means’ is permissible in music. All means? Yes, if they convey the required meaning. As a rule, when I listen to music I do not think about how it is written… I do not analyse it, but rather perceive it emotionally. I normally think of analyzing music only if it appears cold and leaves no impression (to understand why this is so, what is the reason for its failure) or if it is so gripping …   more >>

cite as

Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 286. accessed: 9 December, 2023


Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1900's


Excerpt from 'Yunost', No. 5, 1968.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:44:13 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:47:22 +0100