Shostakovich, Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich, 1906-1975. Symphonies. no. 1, op. 10., Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990., Hohlfeld, Horant H., Unitel Film- und Fernsehproduktionsgesellschaft mbH., EuroArts Music International GmbH., and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Orchester.
Symphonies., Music rehearsals., and DVD-Video discs.
Symphonies -- Soviet Union -- History., Music and war -- Soviet Union -- History., Music and state -- Soviet Union., Music -- Political aspects -- Soviet Union., Belagerung., Sinfonie., and History.
In 'Leningrad, seige and symphony', Brian Moynahan sets the composition of Shostakovich's most famous work against the tragic canvas of the siege itself and the years of repression and terror that preceded it.
Symphonies -- Soviet Union -- History., Music and war -- Soviet Union -- History., Music and state -- Soviet Union., Music -- Political aspects -- Soviet Union., Sankt Petersburg -- Belagerung., and Sinfonie.
Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony was first played in the city of its birth on 9 August, 1942. There has never been a first performance to match it. Pray God, there never will be again. Almost a year earlier, the Germans had begun their blockade of the city. Already many thousands had died of their wounds, the cold, and most of all, starvation. The assembled musicians--scrounged from frontline units and military bands, for only twenty of the orchestra's 100 players had survived--were so hungry, many feared they'd be too weak to play the score right through. In these, the darkest days of the Second World War, the music and the defiance it inspired provided a rare beacon of light for the watching world. In Leningrad: Siege and Symphony, Brian Moynahan sets the composition of Shostakovich's most famous work against the tragic canvas of the siege itself and the years of repression and terror that preceded it. In vivid and compelling detail he tells the story of the cruelties heaped by the twin monsters of the twentieth century on a city of exquisite beauty and fine minds, and of its no less remarkable survival. Weaving Shostakovich's own story and that of many others into the context of the maelstrom of Stalin's purges and the brutal Nazi invasion of Russia, Leningrad: Siege and Symphony is a magisterial and moving account of one of the most tragic periods in history.
Music -- Russia -- History and criticism., Music -- Soviet Union -- History and criticism., Opera -- Russia., Music and literature., Criticism, interpretation, etc., and Electronic books.
"In this book, Boris Gasparov gazes through the lens of music to find an unusual perspective on Russian cultural and literary history. He discusses six major works of Russian music from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, showing the interplay of musical texts with their literary and historical sources within the ideological and cultural contexts of their times. Each musical work becomes a tableau representing a moment in Russian history, and together the works form a coherent story of ideological and aesthetic trends as they evolved in Russia from the time of Pushkin to the rise of totalitarianism in the 1930s."--Jacket.