Shostakovich: A Life Remembered

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Faber & Faber, Mar 3, 2011 - Music - 550 pages

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
The Last Years
The First Cello Concerto
Annotated List of Sources
About the Author

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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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