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By Roy Blokker

ISBN-10: 0838619487

ISBN-13: 9780838619483

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Meanwhile the siege was on. It would last almost 900 days and claim somewhere between 600,000 and l ,000,000 lives. Shostakovich himself told Alexander Werth in 1 959 that the figure was actually 900,000. The entire war was personified in the drama 30/shostakovich : the. symphonies of the city, and the spirit of the Allies could be seen in the stubborn spirit of the people of Leningrad . Shostakovich tried to capture that spirit in his Seventh Symphony . Whenever his other duties were not pressing he composed, even during air raids, as if possessed.

Lenin ! " The orchestra then closes swiftly in triumphant air, with one of Shostakovich's shortest codas. Third Symphony, ((May Day)) (1929) Like the Second Symphony, the Third is in one movement, but it is at once more elaborate and linear. The music is less abstract but is filled with fantastic ideas and effects that reveal Shostakovich yet again as a true craftsman . Some critics have stated, perhaps with justification, that the score is over-orchestrated, a sign of the composer's lack of confidence during this period, and we shall have occasion to point out the way in which his apparent mastery of the orchestral palette acts against musical effect.

The product of his labour was an elaborate, brooding score, deeply felt, much better in quality than the Seventh . The Eighth was very close to the mood of the time, filled with sadness and, in the same breath, determination. radio premiere: "Rachmaninoff (sic) thought that S hostakov ich was very ta lented , but he hoped that sooner or later Shostakovich would leave Russia so that his creative ability would be free to develop and not remain attached to the tail of ever changing poLitical lines.

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