Dmitri Shostakovich

Quiz Yourself About the Life and Music of
Dmitri Shostakovich


What are the three periods of Shostakovich’s output?

1) early works and experimental works (1924-1936). Symphonies 1-4, Lady Macbeth

2) mature period and period after being denounced by Soviet authorities (1937-1953) Symphonies 5-9, String Quartets 2-5

3) late period works after the death of Stalin: growing darkness in works and themes of death. Symphonies 10-15, String Quartets 6-15