Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (Russian: Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович) (September 25 [O.S. September 12] 1906, (St Petersburg, Russia) – August 9, 1975) was a Russian composer of the Soviet period. Shostakovich had a complex and difficult relationship with the Soviet government, suffering two official denunciations of his music, in 1936 and 1948, and the periodic banning of his work. At the same time, he received a number of accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet. Despite the official controversy, his works were popular; he is now held to be, as Grove's judges him, the most talented Soviet composer of his generation. After a period influenced by Prokofiev and Stravinsky (Symphony No. 1), Shostakovich switched to modernism (Symphony No. 2 and The Nose) before developing a hybrid of styles with the opera "The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk "and the ill-fated Fourth Symphony. This hybrid style ranged from the neo-classical (with Stravinskian influences) to the post-romantic music (with Mahlerian influences). His tonality involved much use of modality and some astringent neo-classical harmonies à la Hindemith and Prokofiev. His music frequently includes sharp contrasts and elements of the grotesque. Shostakovich prided himself on his orchestration, which is clear, economical, and well-projected. This aspect of Shostakovich's technique owes more to Gustav Mahler than Rimsky-Korsakov. His greatest works are generally considered to be his symphonies and string quartets, fifteen of each. Other works include operas, six concertos, and a substantial quantity of film music. David Fanning concludes in Grove that, "Amid the conflicting pressures of official requirements, the mass suffering of his fellow countrymen, and his personal ideals of humanitarian and public service, he succeeded in forging a musical language of colossal emotional power." Shostakovich is now regarded as "the most popular composer of serious art music of the middle years of the 20th century". Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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The Gadfly, op.97a: Scene
Chm Sym for Strs, Op.110a: Allegro: Attacca
Five Days - Five Nights, op.111a: The Liberation of Dresden
The Gadfly, op.97a: Romance
The Gadfly, op.97a: Nocturne
Allegretto
The Gadfly, op.97a: Introduction (Prelude)
The Gadfly, op.97a: Folk Feast (National Holiday)
Piano Concerto No.2 in F (2nd Movement) {26}
Chm Sym for Strs, Op.110a: Largo
Moderato
Presto
Largo
Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op.47 - I. Moderato
The Gadfly, op.97a: Contredanse
Sym for Strs, Op.118a: Adagio
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: VIII. Romance: Allegro moderato - Andante con moto
Allegro
VI WALTZ 2
The Gadfly, op.97a: Overture
Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz 2
The Gadfly, op.97a: Interlude
The Gadfly, op.97a: Finale
Allegro non troppo
The Gadfly, op.97a: Barrel-Organ Waltz
Symphony No. 5 In D Minor, Op.47 - Ii. Allegretto
Five Days - Five Nights, op.111a: Interlude
The Gadfly, op.97a: Galop
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35: II. Lento
POLKA
Symphony 6 : II Allegro
Symphony No. 5 In D Minor, Op.47 - Iv. Allegro Non Troppo
Five Days - Five Nights, op.111a: Introduction
Symphony 6 : III Presto
The Gadfly, op.97a: Intermezzo
Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz No. 2
Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93: II. Allegro
Jazz Suite No. 2 : 6. Waltz II
Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47: I. Moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102: II. Andante
Jazz Suite No.2: 6. Waltz II
Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Themes
Waltz No. 2
Symphony 6 : I Largo
Five Days - Five Nights, op.111a: Finale
Five Days - Five Nights, op.111a: Dresden in Ruins
Symphony No. 5 In D Minor, Op.47 - Iii. Largo
Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47: IV. Allegro non troppo
Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 102 in F Major: II. Andante
Sym for Strs, Op.118a: Andante

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