Dmitri Shostakovich

Quiz Yourself About the Life and Music of
Dmitri Shostakovich


What are the major achievements of Shostakovich, in terms of 20th century music?

1)    He was the most important composer of SYMPHONIES (15) in the 20th century. He proved that the symphonic form was not dead, but was a viable and important avenue of musical thought.

2)  His ORCHESTRATION was highly individual (owing much to Mahler, however). He was primarily an orchestral, instrumental composer.

3) Along with Bartok, he was the most important 20th century composer of STRING QUARTETS (15),

13.  What are the three periods of Shostakovich’s output?

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