By Malcolm Hamrick Brown
"A significant event.... This Casebook is not just approximately Volkov’s Testimony, it's approximately tune previous and new within the twentieth century, in regards to the cultural legacy of 1 of that century’s so much extravagant social experiments, and what we need to examine from them, not just what they should examine from us." —Caryl Emerson, Princeton University
In 1979, the alleged memoirs of mythical composer Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975) have been released as Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitry Shostakovich As relating to and Edited through Solomon Volkov. in view that its visual appeal, even though, Testimony has been the focal point of controversy in Shostakovich reports as doubts have been raised pertaining to its authenticity and the function of its editor, Volkov, in growing the book.
A Shostakovich Casebook offers 25 essays, interviews, newspaper articles, and reviews—many newly on hand because the cave in of the Soviet Union—that assessment the "case" of Shostakovich. as well as authoritatively reassessing Testimony’s genesis and reception, the authors during this publication handle problems with political effect on musical creativity and the position of the artist inside of a totalitarian society. across the world identified individuals contain Richard Taruskin, Laurel E. Fay, and Irina Antonovna Shostakovich, the composer’s widow. This quantity combines a balanced reconsideration of the Testimony controversy with an exam of what the debate indicates for all tune historians, performers, and considerate listeners.
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Shostakovich. "7 Accompanying editorials savagely blast Volkov and trace the Soviets' unsuccessful legal attempts to block the publication of Tes timony. 8 Tikhon Khrennikov, in a speech to the Sixth Congress of Com posers of the USSR, branded the work as "that vile falsification, con cocted by one of the renegades who ha,ve forsaken our country. "9 The immediate reaction of Irina Shostakovich, the composer's widow, was skeptical: "Volkov saw Dmitrich three or maybe four times . . He was never an intimate friend of the family-he never had dinner with us here, for instance .
A Shostakovich Casebook by Malcolm Hamrick Brown