Dmitri Shostakovich Biography (Wikipedia)
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (Russian: Дми́трий Дми́триевич Шостако́вич , Dmitriy Dmitrievich Shostakovich,; 25 September [O.S. 12 September] 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.
Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (from 1962 until his death).
A polystylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his works. His music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the neo-classical style pioneered by Igor Stravinsky, and (especially in his symphonies) by the late Romanticism associated with Gustav Mahler.
- Preludes and Fugueshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s4j41.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s4j41.jpg2014-05-28T19:55:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores the Preludes and Fugues of Bach and Shostakovich.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zy0lk
Preludes and Fugues
- Shostakovich: Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings - Preview Cliphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2014-01-02T10:15:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Shostakovich's Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01p31gk
Shostakovich: Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings - Preview Clip
- Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major - Preview Cliphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-12-17T15:24:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01nkz50
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major - Preview Clip
- Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op 93 - Preview Cliphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-10-23T09:00:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op 93.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01k61sp
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op 93 - Preview Clip
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