Dmitri Shostakovich

Russian composer, 1906-1975

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century, with a unique harmonic language and a historic importance due to his years of work under Stalin. 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. Shostakovich's works include 15 symphonies and 15 string quartets, as well as a set of 24 preludes and fugues. He also composed three operas, several song cycles, ballets, and film music.

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Schostakowitsch, Dmitri

Russian Komponist (1906-1975). Autograph manuscript signed. no place. Folio. 2 pp. In addition: Typewritten transcription in Russian. Enclosed issue of newspaper with the text printed.
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The Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich, renowned particularly for his 15 symphonies, numerous chamber works, and concerti, many of them written under the pressures of government-imposed standards of Soviet art. “Dmitri Shostakovich was only ten years old when the Russian Revolution first broke out. A child of the Soviet era, he was forced to abide by the rules. The Party demanded that music be clear, tonal, and intelligible. No room for musical experimentation and anything resembling ”formalism".

Shostakovich obeyed, to a certain extent. In turn praised and censored by the Stalin regime, the composer spent his career in fear. He did not approve of Soviet politics, but was forced to keep quiet. And what he was unable to express through words, he expressed through his music. A music at times lyrical, sometimes ironic, biting, and even mocking.".

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Schostakowitsch, Dmitri

sowjet. Komponist (1906-1975). Typed letter signed and stamped. Moskow. Large-4to. 1 p. Folded. Browning. On the letterhead of the „World Festival of Youth and Students for Peace and Friendship“.
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To the Swiss pianist Alfred Pochon who accepted the invitation to participate in the jury of the competitions of the VI. World Festival: „[…] Nous profitons de cette occasion pour vous présenter encore une fois notre reconnaissence coridiale pour avoir si aimablement accepté l’invitation à participer au jry des concours du VI-ème Festival Mondial et nous regrettons beaucoup que vous auriez pu trouver les réponses à toutes les questions que vous posiez. […] C’es l’Amassade de l’URSS en Suisse que vous délivrera le visa de depart. En franchissant la frontière ou bien à l’arrivée à Moscou vous pourrez échanger l’argent suisse contre les devises russes dans une quantité illimité et d’après le cours du change officiel.

L’Amabssade vous délivrera une carte de participant au Festival qui remplacera le visa d’entrée et donnera le droit de séjour à Moscou. A Moscou vous pourrez descendre à l’hotel Pékin ou bien à Léningradskaia. […]“.

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