Pauline Fairclough's A Soviet Credo: Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony PDF

By Pauline Fairclough

ISBN-10: 0754650162

ISBN-13: 9780754650164

Composed in 1935-36 and meant to be his inventive 'credo', Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony used to be now not played publicly until eventually 1961. right here, Dr Pauline Fairclough tackles head-on the most major and least understood of Shostakovich's significant works. She argues that the Fourth Symphony was once considerably assorted from its Soviet contemporaries by way of its constitution, dramaturgy, tone or even language, and accordingly challenged the norms of Soviet symphonism at a very important level of its improvement. With the backing of well-liked musicologists akin to Ivan Sollertinsky, the composer may realistically have anticipated the top-rated to have taken position, and will also have meant the symphony to be a version for a brand new form of 'democratic' Soviet symphonism. Fairclough meticulously examines the ranking to notify a dialogue of tonal and thematic approaches, allusion, paraphrase and connection with musical kinds, or intonations. Such research is decided deeply within the context of Soviet musical tradition in the course of the interval 1932-36, concerning Shostakovich's contemporaries Shebalin, Myaskovsky, Kabalevsky and Popov. a brand new approach to research can also be complicated the following, the place a variety of Soviet and Western analytical equipment are expert by way of the theoretical paintings of Shostakovich's contemporaries Viktor Shklovsky, Boris Tomashevsky, Mikhail Bakhtin and Ivan Sollertinsky, including Theodor Adorno's past due examine of Mahler. during this method, the e-book will considerably bring up an figuring out of the symphony and its context.

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