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By Pauline Fairclough

ISBN-10: 1138264709

ISBN-13: 9781138264700

Composed in 1935-36 and meant to be his inventive 'credo', Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony used to be no longer played publicly until eventually 1961. the following, Dr Pauline Fairclough tackles head-on essentially the most major and least understood of Shostakovich's significant works. She argues that the Fourth Symphony used to be notably varied from its Soviet contemporaries when it comes to its constitution, dramaturgy, tone or even language, and for that reason challenged the norms of Soviet symphonism at a vital level of its improvement. With the backing of well-liked musicologists equivalent to Ivan Sollertinsky, the composer may realistically have anticipated the prime to have taken position, and will also have meant the symphony to be a version for a brand new type of 'democratic' Soviet symphonism. Fairclough meticulously examines the rating to notify a dialogue of tonal and thematic strategies, allusion, paraphrase and connection with musical forms, 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 be complicated right here, the place more than a few Soviet and Western analytical tools are expert through the theoretical paintings of Shostakovich's contemporaries Viktor Shklovsky, Boris Tomashevsky, Mikhail Bakhtin and Ivan Sollertinsky, including Theodor Adorno's past due research of Mahler. during this means, the e-book will considerably elevate an knowing of the symphony and its context.

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