Dmitri Shostakovich

Quiz Yourself About the Life and Music of
Dmitri Shostakovich


The article “Chaos Instead of Music” appeared, which condemned Shostakovich and his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, accusing the composer of writing “formalist” music: i.e. not conforming to the rules of Socialist Realism.

What event occurred in 1936 that had a major impact on Shostakovich?


What was Shostakovich’s answer to this harsh criticism?

He was actually 29…

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