Shostakovich: A Life Remembered

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Faber & Faber, Mar 3, 2011 - Music - 550 pages
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Shostakovich: A Life Remembered is a unique study of the great composer, drawn from the reminiscences and reflections of his contemporaries. Elizabeth Wilson sheds light on the composer's creative process and his working life in music, and examines the enormous and enduring influence that Shostakovich has had on Soviet musical life.

'The one indispensable book about the composer.' New York Times


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Elizabeth Wilson's biography of Shostakovich is a brilliant and convincing portrait of the Soviet-era composer. Based on letters, diaries, and interviews with and of his contemporaries, Wilson weaves ... Read full review

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fascinating, both as a picture of Shostakovich and of life in Russia. Read full review


Title Page
The Young Composer Established
Criticism and the Response to Criticism
The War Years A Respite
The Final Years of Stalinism
The Thaw
With Benjamin Britten April 1971
DDS 1925
Boleslav Yavorsky 8 DDS with Ivan Sollertinsky and Nina Varzar 1932
After the premiere of The Bolt 1931
Portrait of DDS by Nikolai Sokolov 12 Ilya Slonims bust of
DDS at a football match 1940s 14 Aram Khachaturian and his wife with DDS 15 DDS at Ivanovo with Galya and Nina early 1940s 16 DDS 1943
Flora Litvinova 18 DDS with students late 1940s
DDS with Maxim and Galya late 1940s
DDS and Isaak Glikman 21 From a performance of From Jewish Folk Poetry mid1950s 22 With Oleg Prokofiev at the unveiling of the plaque in me...

With Evgeni Shenderovich and Evgeni Nesterenko December 1974
Isaak Schwartz
Fyodor Druzhinin
The Last Years
The First Cello Concerto
Annotated List of Sources
Dmitri Boleslavovich Shostakovich 18751922
DDS with Evgeni Mravinsky 1961
DDS with Marina Sabinina
At a Kremlin reception with Nikita Khrushchev 1962
DDS with Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter mid1960s 29 Premiere of Fourteenth Symphony 1968
DDS speaking at Composers Union Congress late 1960s 32 Mstislav Rostropovich Kurgan 1970
DDS with Mikhail Waiman Irina Shostakovich and Venyamin Basner early 1970s 34 DDS at a rehearsal of the Fifteenth Quartet 1974
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Elizabeth Wilson was born in London, attended schools in England, China and the USA and studied cello at the Moscow Conservatoire with Mstislav Rostropovich between 1964 and 1971. She has combined careers as performer and teacher, playing with distinguished ensembles in Britain and Europe as well as devising and presenting radio and concert series on a range of Russian themes. In parallel with these activities, she also writes about music and musicians, including in 1998 a biography of Jacqueline du Pré.

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