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Rdinary Relationship PDF create his works under the Soviet Union's totalitarian Shostakovich and ePUB #9734 regim Let's skip the heroic mountain of fascinating details Solomon Volkov accumulates aiming I think to please the most fastidious of his critics who will never I'm afraid be pleased and cut straight to what I perceive to be the importance of this history Volkov reminds us albeit without being directly able to stimulate within our brains an exact sensation of feeling of what life was among the Soviet intelligentsia in the monstrous Era of Stalin that is of palpable geniuses living every single day if not every waking hour wholly insecure in the pervasive dread of horrible punishment not only for oneself and one's family and friends but uite possibly for one's acuaintances and even mere contacts depending on the contact and all for crossing political lines at a time and place in which every line may be construed as political that may or may not be known beforehand and that are drawn for the genius subset of the Soviet intelligentsia by the great Vozhd himself for political personal motivational cultural or any of myriad other instrumental or whimsically arbitrary reasonsThus it was for Shostakovich the universally acclaimed genius of geniuses daily dread daily insecurity until Stalin himself was mounted alongside Lenin in his own crystal sarcophagus And even afterward as the aftershocks of Stalin's death played themselves out in Kremlin court politicsAs most readers of this harrowing story will know author Volkov who in 1979 published the Testimony the Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich as related to and edited by Solomon Volkov is the leading figure in Shostakovich revisionism the proponents of which take the view that the composer was a secret dissident who often composed in musical code embedding anti Stalin anti regime and other dissenting messages throughout his work The controversy continues to rage with a massive and still accumulating body of work that picks over every detail of Shostakovich's life work and relationships arguing over uestions of Shostakovich's intent and his relationship to the Soviet regime For further details see the late revisionist scholar Ian McDonald's website and particularly the page The Shostakovich Debate A Manual for Beginners And full disclosure I tend to side as do Shostakovich's children and virtually everyone who was close to him with the revisionists At the same time I recognize that this is a point of view as well as an argument that is unlikely ever to be settled People will believe what they will believeVolkov suarely on the side of hidden dissident draws out from Shostakovich's life and work character aspects based on a Mussorgsky Boris Godunov derived taxonomy the pretender the hidden dissident the chronicler and perhaps most important of all the holy fool who in seeming naiveté speaks profound truths often in coded words Volkov builds his narrative around two key years 1936 and 1948 during which Shostakovich was denounced in Pravda the Soviet Communist Party organ for formalist musical errors He also tells these stories in Testimony but Volkov is also a scholar of Russian and Soviet culture and broadens his narrative to included associated material from the lives and documents of other cultural icons of the Soviet era Pasternak Eisenstein Akhmatova Gorky Mandelstam and scores Moreover Volkov decodes and for me convincingly key Shostakovich works including several of my personal favorites the Piano uintet the Second Piano Trio the Tenth Symphony and the Eighth String uartetImagine a world in which an all powerful autocrat knows the names and appraises the works of every nationally important poet novelist painter director film stage opera conductor soloist and of course com

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Shostakovich and Stalin The Extraordinary Relationship Between the Great Composer and the Brutal DictatorStalin The Epub #181 'Music illuminates a person and provides him with his last hope even Stalin a butcher knew t Could not finish No story not even linear movement to allow it to be read as a textbook or study and I think the translation from Russian didn't help As someone who was at some point in their life a classically trained musician who LOVES Shostakovich and other Russian composers and who actually understood the musical lexicon and has heard many of the pieces this should have been at least somewhat intelligible to me That's as good as it got somewhat intelligible I wonder how much of this is due to the translationThe author also hops around through time which is just fine but when that is done in works of non fiction and histories it is to tie events and people together through time This just appears to be a case of dropping the copy on the floor messing up the chapter order and saying it start the presses Picked it up struggled through the first 120 pages or so and then hit each chapter after that and got as far as I could without choking Thank god for your public library or I'd be out 20But hey the title looks good on the shelf if you're trying to impress a date who listens to the Russians