Dmitri Shostakovich

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Dmitri Shostakovich


He was the first major Russian composer to be trained and live under Communist rule. Stravinsky and Prokofiev left Russia in 1918 and 1914, respectively. Prokofiev returned to the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Shostakovich spent his whole life in the Soviet Union.


What is significant about this particular Russian composer?

Which early work catapulted Shostakovich to international fame?

Shostakovich joined the Communist Party in 1960. This event has variously been interpreted as a show of commitment, a mark of cowardice, the result of political pressure, and his free decision.

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