Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 (Landmarks in Music Since 1950)

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 (Landmarks in Music Since 1950)

David Fanning


while it was once first played in October 1960, Shostakovich's 8th String Quartet used to be greeted with a status ovation and given a whole encore. Its attractiveness has endured to the current day with over 100 advertisement recordings showing over the past forty years. The allure of the paintings isn't difficult to spot; instantly communicative, the quartet additionally comprises wealthy seams of deeper that means. This ebook is the 1st to ascertain its musical layout intimately and seeks to overthrow the fees of superficiality that experience arisen because of the work's renowned luck. The center of this examine is the shut research of the paintings, yet this can be put in context with a dialogue of Shostakovich's recognition and old place, the situations of the quartet's composition and the following controversies that experience surrounded it. The paintings used to be composed through the so-called 'Thaw' years of the Soviet Union, and the cultural and political backgrounds of this era are thought of, including Shostakovich's existence and paintings in this time. David Fanning argues persuasively that the 8th String Quartet is a landmark in twentieth-century song in its transcendence of the extra-musical meanings that it invokes; that it really is 'music that liberates itself from the shackles of its context'. The e-book positive factors an accompanying CD of the paintings.

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