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Shostakovich : a life

Author: Laurel E Fay
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For this authoritative biography of Shostakovich's illustrious but turbulent career under Soviet rule, Laurel E. Fay has gone back to primary documents: Shostakovich's many letters, concert programs and reviews, newspaper articles, and diaries of his contemporaries. An indefatigable worker, he composed his arresting scores despite deprivations during the Nazi invasion and constant surveillance under Stalin's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich; Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurel E Fay
ISBN: 0195134389 9780195134384 0195182510 9780195182514
OCLC Number: 40954268
Notes: Includes list of works and glossary of names.
Description: 458 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Childhood (1906-1919) --
Conservatory (1919-1926) --
Spreading Wings (1926-1928) --
Pioneer (1929-1932) --
Tragedy-Satire (1932-1936) --
Crisis (1936-1937) --
Reprieve (1938-1941) --
The War Years (1941-1944) --
"Victory" (1945-1948) --
Public and Private (1948-1953) --
The Thaw (1953-1958) --
Consolidation (1958-1961) --
Renewal (1961-1966) --
Jubilees (1966-1969) --
Immortality (1970-1975).
Responsibility: Laurel E. Fay.
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Features a post-cold-war biography of Shostakovich's illustrious but turbulent career under Soviet rule. The author has gone back to primary documents: Shostakovich's many letters, concert programs  Read more...

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