Dmitry Shostakovich, composer
birth name: Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich

Dmitry Shostakovich

September 25, 1906, St. Petersburg, Russia ~ August 9, 1975, Moscow, Russia

Shostakovich was a Soviet Russian composer and pianist and was one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Leon Trotsky's chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the USSR (from 1962 until death). ~ Wikipedia: Dmitri Shostakovich ~ retrieved August 7, 2013 © Wikipedia

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Early in his career his music showed the influence of Prokofiev and Stravinsky, especially in his prodigious and highly successful First Symphony. He could effectively communicate a melancholic depth and profound sense of anguish, as one hears in many of his symphonies, concertos, and quartets. Solomon Volkov, in his controversial Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich explains the composer's seeming bombast as deft satire of the pomposity of the Soviet state, pointing to the “forced rejoicing” of Fifth Symphony's ending. Typical traits of Shostakovich's style include short reiterated melodic or rhythmic figures, motifs of one or two pitches or intervals, and lugubrious and manic string writing. ~ Allmusic: Dmitry Shostakovich ~ retrieved August 9, 2013 © Allmusic

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