DIMITRY (DMITRIYEVICH) SHOSTAKOVICH

12thSeptember 1906 --- 9thAugust 1975

Dimitry Shostakovich, Russian composer, he was born in St Petersburg 1906, and studied at the Leningrad Conservatory. He was very precocious and had his first Symphony performed at the age of 20. He was greatly esteemed in his country and has now found fame aboard, but more then once has came into conflict with the then soviet authorities, especially about his realistic and grim opera "A Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" written in 1934, for not writing the cheerful and uncomplicated music they deem to be fit for the great public.

By compromising judiciously, however, he has been able to go on expressing his distinct individually to a great extent.

His works include opera the satirical The Nose (Based on Gogol, 1928), 3 ballets, much incidental and film music, 15 symphonies , chamber and piano music and songs.

Shostakovich was considered a 'child prodigy' in the 20th century, who grew up to be an incredibly talented composer., Shostakovich spent his time composing music and performing at prestigious concerts. The Russian composer was critisised for his unusual take on classical music; his style was unique, combining a tonal and Romantic style to his work. However, he wrote many famous scores for films including Shakespeare's 'King Leah' in 1970. (I manage to find some more info on this composer Steven)

The career of Shostakovich is an instructive commentary on the life of an artist of the highest calibre in a society in which everything was officially controlled.

At the age of twenty-one he won first prize in the international Chopin competition.

His first symphony was one of epic proportions, won him wide acclaim during the 1920's, thanks to the Association of Contemporary Music. Works from composers such as Schoenberg, Berg and Hindesmith were allowed to be heard in Soviet Concert halls, with Shostakovich first symphony which shows little evidence of his Russian national school clearly affected composers like Berg, Hindesmith and even effected the late Romanticism of Mahler.

One thing is for certain his love for Russia and his commitment to Soviet society remained central to his outlook, nor did he find the notion of ideologically directed state art absurd. He was often attacked by certain official critics for various elements of his compositions as not following soviet art outlines.

His second symphony was written to celebrate Russia ten anniversary of the October Revolution, it was done in a style that could not be question but would later come to be condemned.

Shostakovich introduced model elements to his harmony and also made use of dissonance within his compositions, but he never abandoned basically tonal language for other techniques such as twelve tone or polytonalism composition.

He was appointed professor of the Leningrad Conservatory in 1937 which remained a important part of his and Russian life of that time.

Among his many works are his Ten Sympony 1953, Eleventh Symphony based on the theme of the 1905 Revolution, he also wrote piano works which included his twenty-four Preludes and Fugues (1951) which came under criticism for having dissonantal techniques.

Throughout his life Shostakovich has always produced fine music while being reprimanded for not following soviet music art guidelines and has navigated a course between his own original ideas and soviet permitted guidelines on music.

Last Updated on 7th February 2011

And now for the Music

3 Dances No1 Allegretto. Sequencer is Unknown

Prelude No5 D Major. Sequencer is Unknown

Prelude No.10 C sharp Minor. Sequencer is Unknown

My thanks go to Chris Gorman for Sequencing and donating the following file, to email please take out the brackets and spaces (chris.gorman) @ (talktalk.net) and let him know your thoughts.

Galop from Moscow, Cheryomushki, an operetta. Sequenced by Chris Gorman

My thanks go to Gary Goldberg for Sequencing and donating the following files, to email please click on (GaryG@ix.netcom.com"">GARY and let him know your thoughts.

Finale of the Suite for 2 Pianos, Op. 6. Sequenced by Gary Goldberg

Symphony No.9, 1st mov Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe. Sequenced by Gary Goldberg

Symphony No.9, 3rd mov . Sequenced by Gary Goldberg

Symphony No.9, 5th mov Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe. Sequenced by Gary Goldberg

I like to thank Tony for the sequencing the following piece, to contact please email (email@absolutesolutions.co.uk"> TONY.

(2668)"Symphony No.1 Op.10" A really lovely sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2668)"Ten short piano pieces, No.1, Recitative" A beautiful sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2668)"Ten short piano pieces, No.2, Serenade" A beautiful sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2668)"Ten short piano pieces, No.3, Nocturne" A beautiful sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2668)"Ten short piano pieces, No.4, Elegy" A beautiful sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2668)"Ten short piano pieces, No.5, Funeral March " A beautiful sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2668)"Ten short piano pieces, No.6, Etude" A beautiful sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2668)"Ten short piano pieces, No.7, Dance of Death" A beautiful sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2668)"Ten short piano pieces, No.8, Canon" A beautiful sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2668)"Ten short piano pieces, No.9, Legend" A beautiful sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2668)"Ten short piano pieces, No.10, Lullaby" A beautiful sequenced by Tony Matthews.

My thanks go to Gary Goldberg for Sequencing and donating the following files, to email please click on < (GaryG@ix.netcom.com"">GARY.

(1452) "Galop from the light opera, Moscow Cheryomushki" Original sequenced by Gary Goldberg and remapped by Les Winters

(826) "Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony", Mov.2, This is sequenced for the Proteus 2. (Please read the text file within the zip file) Sequenced by Gary GoldbergLarge file please click here for pkunzip.exe

(750) "Shostakovich's First Symphony", Mov.2, This is sequenced for the Proteus 2. Sequenced by Gary GoldbergLarge file please click here for pkunzip.exe

(639) "Piano Concerto No.2, Mov.2" Sequenced by Gary Goldberg and remapped by J. Marques

(1043) "Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony",the Leningrad, This is beautiful piece. Sequencer George PollenLarge file please click here for pkunzip.exe

(637)"Prelude in C Sharp minor Opus 34, No. 10" Sequenced by Richard Summers

(638)"Prelude in B Flat Major Opus 34, No. 21" Sequenced by Richard Summers

(640)I think this is called "Melandcolic" Sequenced by ?

(563)Slow movement from the String Quartet No.10.(Info kindly supplied by Donal Hurley) Seq by ?

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