Dmitri Shostakovich - the 1900's
from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, page 317:
Often it happens that I am sitting listening to one of my own works, and I am aware that my ideas are falling on stony ground; at other times I feel that real contact has been made. It was very useful, by the way that I learned to play the piano and performed in public. It has been of enourmous benefit for my composition. It also made me aware of the audience, whom I always try to serve.
Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 317. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1458958456213 accessed: 7 December, 2022
Listening tohide composers
written by Dmitri Shostakovich
Excerpt from a documentary film "Dmitry Shostakovich".