Tag Archives: Shostakovch

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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Arbitrary Countdowns: Top 10 Symphonies I.

A symphony is defined as: an elaborate instrumental composition in three or more movements, similar in form to a sonata but written for an orchestra and usually of far grander proportions and more varied elements. Everyone has their favorites, as do I. I’ve decided, as the title would allude to, to make a top 10 symphonies list. I’ve also decided to let it be changeable. I figure, periodically I’ll … Continue reading

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Bill Shakespeare and music

In addition to my many musical activities, I also do a bit of acting. This spring I’m acting the lead role in Macbeth. This is my third Shakespeare play I’ve done (12th Night and As You Like It being the … 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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