Musicology

Shostakovich’s Patriotic 10th Symphony Was Secretly Very Unpatriotic

Undetected, the Russian composer etched anti-Stalinist codes into his melodies

The premiere of Symphony #7 by Dmitri Shostakovich in 1942. Source

I was nineteen, bright-eyed, and bushy-tailed when I arrived at our first orchestra rehearsal for Dmitri Shostakovich’s tenth symphony. It was the only piece by the Russian…

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Nick Wolny

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