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Shostakovich: A Life Remembered (Hardback)

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Hardback 574 Pages / Published: 14/08/1994
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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.

Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691029719
Number of pages: 574
Weight: 1077 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Elizabeth Wilson has done both Shostakovich scholarship and the general reader a great service...making available for the first time a remarkable range of material, much of it specially commissioned for this book in taped interview or written form...Her book makes an important contribution to our knowledge of Shostakovich's life and times.---Eric Roseberry, The Times Literary Supplement
Elizabeth Wilson's magnificent new oral history, Shostakovich: A Life Remembered, [is] the one indispensable book about the composer.---Richard Taruskin, The New York Times
Drawing on contemporary reminiscences, interviews, letters and other material from Shostakovish's friends and disciples, Ms. Wilson has stitched together a kind of collage-cum-commentary that splendidly illuminates the composer's life and times. . . . The result is a gripping portrait of Shostakovich's physical and mental sufferings under the regimes of Josef Stalin, Nikita Khruschev and Leonid Brezhnev.---Samuel Lipman, Washington Times
. . . an enthralling new biography. . . . It is a tale of musical genius, fired and nearly extinguished by oppression. . . . Courage and cowardice, nobility and self-disgust: These extremes in Shostakovich's character which informed so much of his music, have made him seem the quintessential composer not only of his own tragic times, but of our whole appalling century.---Charles Michener, The New York Observer
[Elizabeth] Wilson interviewed and commissioned writings from nearly a hundred of Shostakovich's family members, former students, friends, collaborators, and acquaintnces. . . . The result is a richly varied insight into one of the century's most frequently misjudged geniuses. . . . [In] Shostakovich: A Life Remembered we finally have a more balanced, insightful and quite literally diverse view of his life and work. . . . one will gain immeasurably from reading this book.---David Weininger, Boston Book Review

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