Composer of the Week: Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich was a dynamic composer who delicately balanced performing in his preferred avant-garde fashion, writing commissioned communist-sympathetic works for films, plays and ballets, along with the overall requisite that he show Leninist support. How tiring it must have been! Shostakovich is our dynamo Composer of the Week. b. September 25, 1906, St Petersburg d. August 9, 1975, Moscow Dmitri Shostakovich was regarded as the greatest symphonist of the 20th century and his musical talents

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