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Dimitri Shostakovich

25 sep 1906 (St. Petersburg) - 9 aug 1975 (Moscow)


Books about Dimitri Shostakovich and his music

bookDavid Hurwitz and Dmitri Shostakovich Shostakovich Symphonies and Concertos - An Owner's Manual: Unlocking the Masters Series
Amadeus Press, 2006; ISBN 1574671316; 217 pages
The fall of the Soviet empire has not diminished the popularity of Dmitri Shostakovich's great symphonies and concertos one bit, despite the fact that most literature on him neglects any substantive discussion of the music itself in favor of biographical speculation on the relationship between the composer and the political climate of the day. This is the first book to provide a detailed, descriptive analysis of the 21 symphonies and concertos, work by work, explaining not just why they are significant documents of their time and place, but why they are great music in general. This offers readers an understanding of why Shostakovich's music enjoys the enduring support of performers and listeners alike, and how it fits into the great tradition of Western classical music generally. Price indication: $ 16.29
bookDmitry Shostakovich and Isaak Glikman and Anthony Phillips Story of a Friendship: The Letters of Dmitry Shostakovich to Isaak Glikman, 1941-1975
Cornell University Press, 2001; ISBN 0801439795; 340 pages Price indication: $ 31.04
bookElizabeth Wilson Shostakovich: A Life Remembered, Second Edition
Princeton University Press, 2006; ISBN 0691128863; 600 pages
Shostakovich: A Life Remembered is a unique study of the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich, based on reminiscences from his contemporaries. Elizabeth Wilson covers the composer's life from his early successes to his struggles under the Stalinist regime, and his international recognition as one of the leading composers of the twentieth century. She builds up a detailed picture of Shostakovich's creative processes, how he was perceived by contemporaries, and of the increased contrast between his private life and public image as his fame increased. This new edition, produced to coincide with the centenary of Shostakovich's birth, draws on many new writings on the composer. In doing so, it provides both a more detailed and focused image of Shostakovich's life and a wider view of his cultural background. In particular, Shostakovich's sardonic and witty sense of humor reveals itself in many of his letters to close friends. Shostakovich offers fascinating insight into the complex personality and musical life of this great composer, and examines his position as one of the major figures in the cultural life of twentieth-century Russia. Price indication: $ 18.96
bookDavid Fanning Shostakovich Studies
Cambridge University Press, 1995; ISBN 0521452392; 290 pages Price indication: $ 82.90
bookSolomon Volkov and Dmitri Shostakovich Testimony : The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich
Limelight Editions, 2004; ISBN 087910998X; 292 pages
This is the powerful memoirs which an ailing Dmitri Shostakovich dictated to a young Russian musicologist, Solomon Volkov. When it was first published in 1979, it became an international bestseller. This 25th anniversary edition includes a new foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy, as well as black-and-white photos. "Testimony changed the perception of Shostakovich's life and work dramatically, and influenced innumerable performances of his music." - New Grove Dictionary Price indication: $ 13.60
bookSofia Moshevich Dmitri Shostakovich, Pianist
McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004; ISBN 0773525815; 222 pages Price indication: $ 33.51
bookLaurel E. Fay Shostakovich: A Life
Oxford University Press, 1999; ISBN 0195134389; 488 pages Price indication: $ 49.95
bookSOLOMON VOLKOV Shostakovich and Stalin : The Extraordinary Relationship Between the Great Composer and the BrutalDictator
Knopf, 2004; ISBN 0375410821; 313 pages
“Music illuminates a person and provides him with his last hope; even Stalin, a butcher, knew that.” So said the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, whose first compositions in the 1920s identified him as an avant-garde wunderkind. But that same singularity became a liability a decade later under the totalitarian rule of Stalin, with his unpredictable grounds for the persecution of artists. Solomon Volkov—who cowrote Shostakovich’s controversial 1979 memoir, Testimony— describes how this lethal uncertainty affected the composer’s life and work. Volkov, an authority on Soviet Russian culture, shows us the “holy fool” in Shostakovich: the truth speaker who dared to challenge the supreme powers. We see how Shostakovich struggled to remain faithful to himself in his music and how Stalin fueled that struggle: one minute banning his work, the next encouraging it. We see how some of Shostakovich’s contemporaries—Mandelstam, Bulgakov, and Pasternak among them—fell victim to Stalin’s manipulations and how Shostakovich barely avoided the same fate. And we see the psychological price he paid for what some perceived as self-serving aloofness and others saw as rightfully defended individuality. This is a revelatory account of the relationship between one of the twentieth century’s greatest composers and one of its most infamous tyrants. Price indication: $ 21.30
bookMalcolm Hamrick Brown A Shostakovich Casebook
Indiana University Press, 2004; ISBN 025334364X; 392 pages Price indication: $ 31.56
bookElizabeth Wilson Shostakovich
Princeton University Press, 1995; ISBN 0691044651; 574 pages
Shostakovich: A Life Remembered is a unique study of the great composer Dimitri Shostakovich drawn from the reminiscences and reflections of his contemporaries. Using much material never previously published in English, as well as personal accounts from interviews and specially commissioned articles, Elizabeth Wilson has built a fascinating chronicle of Shostakovich's life. Price indication: $ 17.79
bookLaurel E. Fay Shostakovich and His World (The Bard Music Festival)
Princeton University Press, 2004; ISBN 0691120692; 432 pages
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) has a reputation as one of the leading composers of the twentieth century. But the story of his controversial role in history is still being told, and his full measure as a musician still being taken. This collection of essays goes far in expanding the traditional purview of Shostakovich's world, exploring the composer's creativity and art in terms of the expectations--historical, cultural, and political--that forged them. The collection contains documents that appear for the first time in English. Letters that young "Miti" wrote to his mother offer a glimpse into his dreams and ambitions at the outset of his career. Shostakovich's answers to a 1927 questionnaire reveal much about his formative tastes in the arts and the way he experienced the creative process. His previously unknown letters to Stalin shed new light on Shostakovich's position within the Soviet artistic elite. The essays delve into neglected aspects of Shostakovich's formidable legacy. Simon Morrison provides an in-depth examination of the choreography, costumes, décor, and music of his ballet The Bolt and Gerard McBurney of the musical references, parodies, and quotations in his operetta Moscow, Cheryomushki . David Fanning looks at Shostakovich's activities as a pedagogue and the mark they left on his students' and his own music. Peter J. Schmelz explores the composer's late-period adoption of twelve-tone writing in the context of the distinctively "Soviet" practice of serialism. Other contributors include Caryl Emerson, Christopher H. Gibbs, Levon Hakobian, Leonid Maximenkov, and Rosa Sadykhova. In a provocative concluding essay, Leon Botstein reflects on the different ways listeners approach the music of Shostakovich. Price indication: $ 26.95
bookD. Rabinovich Dmitry Shostakovich Composer
University Press of the Pacific, 2002; ISBN 1410201112; 204 pages Price indication: $ 29.95
bookJohn Riley Dmitri Shostakovich: A Life in Film : The Filmmaker's Companion 3 (The KINOfiles Filmmaker's Companions)
I. B. Tauris, 2005; ISBN 1850434840; 168 pages
Between 1929 and 1970, Dmitri Shostakovich wrote almost 40 film scores of Soviet films, from Stalinist cult epics to classical literary adaptations. His long and distinguished cinema career has hitherto been overlooked. Combining analysis and anecdote, John Riley provides this first account to examine the scores and their contexts in the films for which they were written, the ways in which contemporary events shaped both films and scores, and how he thought about, developed and applied his film music. Price indication: $ 24.95
bookMax Graf From Beethoven To Shostakovich (Music Book Index)
Reprint Services Corp, 1947; ISBN 0781296536; 474 pages Price indication: $ 99.00
bookDmitry Shostakovich and Isaak Glikman and Anthony Phillips Chronicle of a Friendship
Faber and Faber Ltd, 2001; ISBN 0571209823; 416 pages Price indication: $ 28.98
bookD Rabinovich Dmitry Shostakovich
Lawrence & Wishart, 1959 Price indication: (used only): from $ 29.95
bookDmitri Shostakovich Russian Symphony; Thoughts About Tchaikovsky (Essay Index Reprint Series)
Ayer Co Pub, 1947; ISBN 083691192X; 271 pages Price indication: (used only): from $ 13.05

Sheet music, libretti, etc.

3 Fantastic Dances, Op. 5 - Boosey and Hawkes

3 Pieces for One Piano/four Hands - G. Schirmer

6 Children's Pieces, Op. 69 - Sikorski

Dmitri Shostakovich - The Bolt, Op. 27 : A Ballet in Three Acts and Seven Scenes Piano Score - DSCH

Dmitri Shostakovich - the Limpid Stream, Op. 39: A Comedy Ballet in 3 Acts And 4 Scenes Ballet Piano Score - Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

Dmitri Shostakovich - Volume 4: Symphony No. 4, Op. 43 : New Collected Works Full Score - DSCH

Finale from Symphony No. 5 - Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

Fire Of Eternal Glory - Hal Leonard Corp

New Collected Works of Dmitri Shostakovich - Volume 5 : Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 - DSCH

Preludes and Fugues for Piano - Dover Pubns

Second Waltz from Jazz Suite No. 2 - Sikorski

String Quartets Nos. 1-5 - Dover Pubns

Tahiti Trot And Jazz Suite No. 1 - G Schirmer Inc

The Song of the Forests, Op. 81 - G. Schirmer

Viola Sonata, op 40 - Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

Waltz No. 2 from Jazz Suite No. 2 - G. Schirmer



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