Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich

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Solomon Volkov
Limelight Editions, 2004 - Music - 289 pages
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(Limelight). This is the powerful memoirs which an ailing Dmitri Shostakovich dictated to a young Russian musicologist, Solomon Volkov. When it was first published in 1979, it became an international bestseller. This 25th anniversary edition includes a new foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy, as well as black-and-white photos. " Testimony changed the perception of Shostakovich's life and work dramatically, and influenced innumerable performances of his music." New Grove Dictionary

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User Review  - RobertDay - LibraryThing

A controversial book; doubt has been cast on the accuracy of Volkov's reporting. Certainly to me, the voice of Shostakovich that comes over is too jaundiced to be entirely credible; after all ... Read full review

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User Review  - humdog - LibraryThing

i like shostakovich's piano music. this book helped me understand his mind. very well written, and full of dark ironies. Read full review

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