Shostakovich and Stalin

Shostakovich and Stalin By Solomon Volkov, Shostakovich and Stalin Music illuminates a person and provides him with his last hope even Stalin a butcher knew that So said the Russian composer Shostakovich who spent his life battling for the right to create his wor
  • Title: Shostakovich and Stalin
  • Author: Solomon Volkov
  • ISBN: 9780316861410
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shostakovich and Stalin By Solomon Volkov, Music illuminates a person and provides him with his last hope even Stalin, a butcher, knew that So said the Russian composer, Shostakovich, who spent his life battling for the right to create his works under the Soviet Union s totalitarian regime.
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    About "Solomon Volkov"

    1. Solomon Volkov

      Solomon Moiseyevich Volkov born 17 April 1944 in Uroteppa, Tadzhik SSR is a Russian journalist and musicologist He is best known for Testimony, which was published in 1979 following his emigration from the Soviet Union in 1976 He claimed that the book was the memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich, as related to himself.

    237 thoughts on “Shostakovich and Stalin”


    1. A fascinating, opinionated, provocative examination of the interplay between Stalin and high culture over a quarter century Volkov was the ghostwriter of Shostakovich s controversial memoirs, and had first hand access to the composer and his contemporaries He contextualizes the relationship between the composer and the dictator within a tradition of Russian artists and holy fools access to the Tsar, particularly drawing parallels with Nicholas I and Pushkin, arguing that both Stalin and Shostako [...]


    2. This is an amazing historical account of the tyranny that artists in the Soviet Union had to endure under Stalin It wasn t just a matter of his pure despotism He was a supreme manipulator and knew now to control someone and use them for his means despite their true desires If you want to read about the psychology of a despot within the artistic community of a communist country this is the book for you It s also a great account of Shostakovich s struggle as an artist under such unrelenting circum [...]


    3. the repeated talk of the pushkin tsar connection was overdone it reminded me of me when i ve written an essay, realize my thesis is actually not that relevant to my essay and to conceal this, insert my thesis everywhere a horribly ineffective strategy btw.i also think it could have spent time on the music.


    4. An engrossing if highly anecdotal assessment of the fraught relationship between the two title characters, against the dark backdrop of Stalinist times Even though Volkov leans very heavily on his assumptions and his narrative perspective on Shostakovich as the irritating but useful holy fool to Stalin s tsarist sensibilities, the real strength of this book lies in its reading of the composer s music itself, pointing out the pieces of other works incorporated into each symphony as coded messages [...]


    5. Let s skip the heroic mountain of fascinating details Solomon Volkov accumulates aiming, I think, to please the most fastidious of his critics, who will never, I m afraid, be pleased and cut straight to what I perceive to be the importance of this history Volkov reminds us, albeit without being directly able to stimulate within our brains an exact sensation of feeling, of what life was among the Soviet intelligentsia in the monstrous Era of Stalin that is, of palpable geniuses living every singl [...]


    6. This book should be classified in the fiction section as most of its material is based on anecdotal material which cannot be verified It might be entertaining but it is almost as much a fake as Testimony For a balanced and sourced book on Shostakovich, I recommend Shostakovich and his World which includes an essay by Leonid Maksimenkov about how many contacts Shostakovich actually had with Stalin.


    7. Very interesting and compelling, particularly because of the author s friendship with Shostakovich and other figures he writes about At times it feels the author lacked material and spent time talking about Pushkin and Pasternak, but ultimately that work lays the foundation for his central theme Particularly interesting are his analyses around particular works and the issues they are addressing.


    8. I enjoyed this book about the artist s struggle to maintain honesty and creativity in a totalitarian society I wouldn t recognize a single work of Dmitri Shostakovitch s, but I found this book an insightful look into how he and other intellectuals tried and often failed to survive the horrors of Stalin.



    9. How the greatest Russian composer ostakovit witnessed the rise and fall of Stalin and most importantly, survived, at the same time creating great masterpieces.


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