Dmitri Shostakovich, Pianist

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 222 pages
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Dmitri Shoshtakovich (1906–1975) is recognized as one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century yet few people know that he was also an outstanding concert pianist who maintained a hectic performing schedule. In Dmitri Shostakovich, Pianist Sofia Moshevich offers the first detailed examination of Shoshtakovich the pianist within the context of his life and work as a composer. She traces his musical roots, piano studies, repertoire, and concert career through his correspondence with family and friends and his own and his contemporaries' memoirs, using material never before available in English. This biographical narrative is interwoven with analyses of Shoshtakovich's piano and chamber works, demonstrating how he interpreted his own music. For the first time, Shoshtakovich's own recordings are used as primary sources to discover what made his playing unique and to dispel commonly held myths about his style of interpretation. His recorded performances are analysed in detail, specifically his tempos, phrasing, dynamics, pedal, and tonal production. Some unpublished variants of musical texts are included and examples of his interpretations are provided and compared to various editions of his published scores.
 

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Contents

Roots 19061923
6
At the Crossroads 19231933
39
ComposerPerformer 19331945
70
Return of Fear 19451953
120
Recognition 19531975
148
Notes
183
Bibliography
197
Discography of Shostakovichs Recorded Performances
205
Index
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Page 200 - Mne ispolnilos' vosemnadtsat' let ... " (Pis'ma DD Shostakovicha k LN Oborinu) ["I have turned eighteen ... " Letters from Shostakovich to LN Oborin). In Vstrechi s proshlim, vip. 5, 232-60. Moscow: Sovetskaya Rossiya, 1984. Kravets, Nelly. "Beseda Nelly Kravets s Elmiroi Nazirovoi" [The conversation of Nelly Kravets with Elmira Nazirova].

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Sofia Moshevich was an associate research scholar at York University and has lectured on the Russian Piano School, Russian composer-performers, Glenn Gould, and Shostakovich.

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