The Cambridge Companion to Shostakovich (Cambridge Companions to Music)

The Cambridge Companion to Shostakovich (Cambridge Companions to Music)

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Cambridge University Press, 10/30/2008
EAN 9780521842204, ISBN10: 0521842204

Hardcover, 416 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2.4 cm
Language: English

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.

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.

'... the Companion is unique, challenging and highly informative - a valuable addition to the Shostakovich-focused bookshelves and an entertaining read ...' DSCH Journal