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Download PDF by Malcolm Hamrick Brown: A Shostakovich Casebook

By Malcolm Hamrick Brown

ISBN-10: 025334364X

ISBN-13: 9780253343642

"A significant event.... This Casebook isn't just approximately Volkov’s Testimony, it's approximately song outdated and new within the twentieth century, in regards to the cultural legacy of 1 of that century’s such a lot extravagant social experiments, and what we need to examine from them, not just what they should examine from us." —Caryl Emerson, Princeton University

In 1979, the alleged memoirs of mythical composer Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975) have been released as Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitry Shostakovich As relating to and Edited via Solomon Volkov. for the reason that its visual appeal, even if, Testimony has been the focal point of controversy in Shostakovich experiences as doubts have been raised relating its authenticity and the function of its editor, Volkov, in developing the book.

A Shostakovich Casebook provides 25 essays, interviews, newspaper articles, and reviews—many newly on hand because the cave in of the Soviet Union—that assessment the "case" of Shostakovich. as well as authoritatively reassessing Testimony’s genesis and reception, the authors during this booklet deal with problems with political effect on musical creativity and the position of the artist inside of a totalitarian society. across the world recognized participants comprise Richard Taruskin, Laurel E. Fay, and Irina Antonovna Shostakovich, the composer’s widow. This quantity combines a balanced reconsideration of the Testimony controversy with an exam of what the debate indicates for all tune historians, performers, and considerate listeners.

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Xiv). One can only wonder at the extent of the "trickery. " Volkov also states: "He ·[Shostakovich] often contradicted himself. Then the true meaning of his words had to be guessed, extracted from a box with three false bottoms" (p. xvii). The only guarantee we are given that Volkov guessed correctly are the problematic inscriptions "Read. D . " Many other perplexing questions are raised by the book. Knowing without a doubt that it could not be published in the Soviet Union, an assumption which subsequent events have decisively corroborated, why then did Volkov bother to make "several attempts .

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He would permit Volkov to ask questions, which he answered in short sentences. During these conversations, which lasted for about three years, Volkov took notes in a kind of personal shorthand he had developed during his years of work as a journalist. Gradually, he began to shape his notes into larger sections and chapters. He showed some of them to Shos­ takovich and he gave his approval. In the spring of 1 974, Volkov began to or­ ganize the material into longer chapters. " He deliberately chose to put the word read before his signature on each chapter in order to create a certain distance between himself and the text; and he decided also that the memoirs were not to be published until after his death.

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