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The Cambridge Companion to Shostakovich

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Pauline Fairclough, David Fanning, Eric Roseberry, Judy Kuhn, David Haas, Malcolm MacDonald, Gerard McBurney, Rosamund Bartlett, Marina Ilichova, John Riley, Francis Maes, Erik Levi, Esti Sheinberg
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  • Date Published: November 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521603157

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  • As the Soviet Union's foremost composer, Shostakovich's status in the West has always been problematic. Regarded by some as a collaborator, and by others as a symbol of moral resistance, both he and his music met with approval and condemnation in equal measure. The demise of the Communist state has, if anything, been accompanied by a bolstering of his reputation, but critical engagement with his multi-faceted achievements has been patchy. This Companion offers a starting point and a guide for readers who seek a fuller understanding of Shostakovich's place in the history of music. Bringing together an international team of scholars, the book brings research to bear on the full range of Shostakovich's musical output, addressing scholars, students and all those interested in this complex, iconic figure.

    • The most comprehensive and up-to-date English-language study of Shostakovich's creative output
    • Chapters are written by leading scholars in the fields of music, film and literature, reflecting the broad range of the volume
    • Chapters are organised by genre (symphonies, operas, string quartets), with a separate section on reception, allowing easy navigation for the reader
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This important volume presents a second collective look in English after the 1982 Shostakovich: The Man and his Music edited by Christopher Norris. in Fairclough's introduction she notes her inclusive collection searches into nooks and crannies like Shostakovich's theatrical and cinematic career and official compositions."
    --The Opera Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521603157
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 91 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Instrumental Works:
    1. Personal integrity and public service: the voice of the symphonist Eric Roseberry
    2. The string quartets: in dialogue with form and tradition Judy Kuhn
    3. Paths to the first symphony David Fanning
    4. Shostakovich's second piano sonata: a composition recital in three styles David Haas
    5. 'I took a simple little theme and developed it': Shostakovich's string concertos and sonatas Malcolm MacDonald
    Part II. Music for Stage and Screen:
    6. Shostakovich and the theatre Gerard McBurney
    7. Shostakovich as opera composer Rosamund Bartlett
    8. Shostakovich's ballets Marina Ilichova
    9. Screen dramas: Shostakovich's cinema career John Riley
    Part III. Vocal and Choral Works:
    10. Between reality and transcendence: Shostakovich's songs Francis Maes
    11. Slava! Shostakovich's 'official compositions' Pauline Fairclough
    Part IV. Performance, Theory, Reception:
    12. A political football - Shostakovich reception in Germany Erik Levi
    13. The rough guide to Shostakovich's harmonic language David Haas
    14. Shostakovich on record David Fanning
    15. Jewish existential irony as musical ethos in the music of Shostakovich Esti Sheinberg.

  • Editors

    Pauline Fairclough, University of Bristol
    Pauline Fairclough is Lecturer in Music at the University of Bristol.

    David Fanning, University of Manchester
    David Fanning is Professor of Music at the University of Manchester.


    Pauline Fairclough, David Fanning, Eric Roseberry, Judy Kuhn, David Haas, Malcolm MacDonald, Gerard McBurney, Rosamund Bartlett, Marina Ilichova, John Riley, Francis Maes, Erik Levi, Esti Sheinberg

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