Soviet Music: Shostakovich after Stalin 1953-1975
THY Tuesdays 1015-1215 fortnightly from 8th Oct
Tutor: Terry Metheringham
Shostakovich was a living legend, acclaimed as the greatest Soviet composer. His symphonies were presented as a chronicle of the era. In his last years he tackled some challenging subjects: changes in society, anti-Semitism, and death. After his death his legacy became a plaything for Cold War warriors; his ghost written memoir Testimony was published in the West, projecting the image of a lifelong dissident.
Let’s hear his music in context.
Key works for each of the five sessions will be:
|8 Oct||Execution of Stepan Razin, plus extracts from 10th Symphony, 13th Symphony and Michelangelo Suite|
|22 Oct||From Jewish Folk Poetry, 4th String Quartet, plus extracts from 13th Symphony|
|5 Nov||14th Symphony 19 Nov 7th String Quartet, 12th String Quartet, 14th String Quartet|
|3 Dec||Viola Sonata, 8th String Quartet, plus extracts from 15th Symphony|