By Malcolm Hamrick Brown
"A significant event.... This Casebook is not just approximately Volkov’s Testimony, it's approximately song previous and new within the twentieth century, in regards to the cultural legacy of 1 of that century’s such a lot extravagant social experiments, and what we need to study from them, not just what they must examine from us." —Caryl Emerson, Princeton University
In 1979, the alleged memoirs of mythical composer Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975) have been released as Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitry Shostakovich As with regards to and Edited through Solomon Volkov. considering the fact that its visual appeal, even if, Testimony has been the focal point of controversy in Shostakovich experiences as doubts have been raised referring to its authenticity and the function of its editor, Volkov, in developing the book.
A Shostakovich Casebook provides 25 essays, interviews, newspaper articles, and reviews—many newly to be had because the cave in of the Soviet Union—that evaluation the "case" of Shostakovich. as well as authoritatively reassessing Testimony’s genesis and reception, the authors during this e-book tackle problems with political impact on musical creativity and the function of the artist inside a totalitarian society. the world over identified individuals comprise Richard Taruskin, Laurel E. Fay, and Irina Antonovna Shostakovich, the composer’s widow. This quantity combines a balanced reconsideration of the Testimony controversy with an exam of what the debate indicates for all tune historians, performers, and considerate listeners.
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