Shostakovich: A Life Remembered - Second Edition

Shostakovich: A Life Remembered - Second Edition by Elizabeth Wilson 0691128863 9780691128863
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Shostakovich: A Life Rememberedis a unique study of the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich, based on reminiscences from his contemporaries. Elizabeth Wilson covers the composers 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 Shostakovichs 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 Shostakovichs birth, draws on many new writings on the composer. In doing so, it provides both a more detailed and focused image of Shostakovichs life and a wider view of his cultural background. In particular, Shostakovichs 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.

Author: Elizabeth Wilson

Language: English

Edition: 2

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 600

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 2006-09-03


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