Dmitri Shostakovich

Quiz Yourself About the Life and Music of
Dmitri Shostakovich


What was Shostakovich’s answer to this harsh criticism?

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His answer was his Symphony No. 5 (1937), which met with great success and re-established the composer’s credentials. His symphonies 5-9 are all “public” in nature and are either heroic (5,7,8) or lightweight and even humorous in places (6,9).


What was the Zhdanov Decree and what effect did it have on Shostakovich?