A Shostakovich Casebook (Hardcover)

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Malcolm Hamrick Brown, a world-renowned authority on Russian and Soviet music, is the founding editor of the Russian Music Studies series at Indiana University Press.

""A major event.... This Casebook is not only about Volkov's Testimony, it is about music old and new in the 20th century, about the cultural legacy of one of that century's most extravagant social experiments, and what we have to learn from them, not only what they ought to learn from us."" --Caryl Emerson, Princeton University

In 1979, the alleged memoirs of legendary composer Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975) were published as Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitry Shostakovich As Related to and Edited by Solomon Volkov. Since its appearance, however, Testimony has been the focus of controversy in Shostakovich studies as doubts were raised concerning its authenticity and the role of its editor, Volkov, in creating the book.

A Shostakovich Casebook presents 25 essays, interviews, newspaper articles, and reviews--many newly available since the collapse of the Soviet Union--that review the ""case"" of Shostakovich. In addition to authoritatively reassessing Testimony's genesis and reception, the authors in this book address issues of political influence on musical creativity and the role of the artist within a totalitarian society. Internationally known contributors include Richard Taruskin, Laurel E. Fay, and Irina Antonovna Shostakovich, the composer's widow. This volume combines a balanced reconsideration of the Testimony controversy with an examination of what the controversy signifies for all music historians, performers, and thoughtful listeners.

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Dimensions 9.25x6.25x1.5
ISBN 9780253343642
Genre MUSIC / History & Criticism
Format Hardcover
Pages 392
Publisher Date 2004-03-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Indiana Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2004
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.25 in
Thickness 1.5 in
Unit weight 1.75 lb
Language English
Series Name Russian Music Studies
Audience College/higher education

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