Category Archives: My friend Dmitri

Happy Birthday Dmitri Shostakovich!

One hundred and six years ago today, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was born, and a wonderful chapter in the history of music was begun. His music has touched so many people, and is incredibly popular. One of … Continue reading

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Beethoven and Shostakovich

(I’m not good with aligning photos) I was looking at the Cleveland Orchestra’s ’13/’14 season which was recently released. In late October they are doing 3 concerts with a Beethoven symphony (3,4 and 5) on the first half of the … Continue reading

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3 Shostakovich Symphonies you probably don’t know, but you should

Shostakovich’s symphony cycle might be the best known and, in my opinion, the best 20th century symphony cycle (Recognition to Sibelius and Vaughn Williams). As with all symphony cycles there are high points and low points. Being the Shostakovich nerd … Continue reading

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Listen to this: Shostakovich – Trumpet Concerto?

I really only follow one blogger, and that is Eric Klackner. I think he’s informative and entertaining, and has also helped expose me to some great music. Today he posted a link to a trumpet version of Rhapsody in Blue, … Continue reading

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Shostakovich: Symphony 4

Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony is one of his least popular/least played symphonies. But at the same time it is one of the first works in his mature style, and one of his most personal. It has the marked dissonances of his … Continue reading

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The Guy Behind the Glasses

If you know one thing about Dmitri Shostakovich it is probably something related to his relationship to the Soviet government. How did he really feel about communism? Was most of his music anti-establishment? I don’t know for certain, but I … Continue reading

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DSCH: String Quartets 9-10

This being my first actual post I should clear something up, Shostakovich is my favorite. That being said, I am disapointed in myself for not knowing more of his chamber music. I just randomly chose to listen to his 10th … Continue reading

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