Shostakovich A Life Remembered

ISBN-10: 0691128863
ISBN-13: 9780691128863
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Elizabeth Wilson
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Description: Shostakovich: A Life Rememberedis a unique study of the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich, based on reminiscences from his contemporaries. Elizabeth Wilson covers the composer's life from his early successes to his struggles under the Stalinist  More...

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/3/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 600
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Shostakovich: A Life Rememberedis a unique study of the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich, based on reminiscences from his contemporaries. Elizabeth Wilson covers the composer's life from his early successes to his struggles under the Stalinist regime, and his international recognition as one of the leading composers of the twentieth century. She builds up a detailed picture of Shostakovich's creative processes, how he was perceived by contemporaries, and of the increased contrast between his private life and public image as his fame increased. This new edition, produced to coincide with the centenary of Shostakovich's birth, draws on many new writings on the composer. In doing so, it provides both a more detailed and focused image of Shostakovich's life and a wider view of his cultural background. In particular, Shostakovich's sardonic and witty sense of humor reveals itself in many of his letters to close friends. Shostakovich offers fascinating insight into the complex personality and musical life of this great composer, and examines his position as one of the major figures in the cultural life of twentieth-century Russia.

Elizabeth Wilson is a professor of cultural studies at the University of North London. She has published several books, including The Sphinx in the City and Hallucinations: Life in the Post-Modern City.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Acronyms
Childhood and Youth
The Young Composer Established
Criticism and the Response to Criticism
The War Years - A Respite
The Final Years of Stalinism
The Thaw
Regeneration
The Last Years
Appendix: The First Cello Concerto
Biographical
Notes
Annotated
List of Sources
Index

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