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

By Pauline Fairclough

Composed in 1935-36 and meant to be his creative 'credo', Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony was once no longer played publicly till 1961. the following, 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 diversified from its Soviet contemporaries when it comes to its constitution, dramaturgy, tone or even language, and consequently challenged the norms of Soviet symphonism at an important level of its improvement. With the backing of well-liked musicologists comparable to Ivan Sollertinsky, the composer may well realistically have anticipated the most advantageous to have taken position, and should 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 procedures, allusion, paraphrase and connection with musical varieties, or intonations. Such research is decided deeply within the context of Soviet musical tradition through the interval 1932-36, regarding Shostakovich's contemporaries Shebalin, Myaskovsky, Kabalevsky and Popov. a brand new approach to research is additionally complicated right here, the place quite a number Soviet and Western analytical equipment are knowledgeable by way of the theoretical paintings of Shostakovich's contemporaries Viktor Shklovsky, Boris Tomashevsky, Mikhail Bakhtin and Ivan Sollertinsky, including Theodor Adorno's overdue research of Mahler. during this method, the ebook will considerably elevate an knowing of the symphony and its context.

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