Testimony - Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich (Paperback)

The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich as related to and edited by Solomon Volkov

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'A terrifying and unhappy book...' The GuardianThis astounding self-portrait covering the whole of Shostakovich's life (1906-1975) was prepared in collaboration with the distinguished Soviet musicologist Solomon Volkov.

Product Details

Barcode
9780571227921
Department
Books
Released
7 Jul 2005
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Dmitri Shostakovich
Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich
Solomon Volkov (Editor)
Subtitle
The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich as Related to and Edited by Solomon Volkov
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Faber & Faber
Edition
Main
Language
English
Number of Pages
272
Dimensions
214 x 136 x 21mm (330g)

Summary

'A terrifying and unhappy book...' The Guardian

This astounding self-portrait covering the whole of Shostakovich's life (1906-1975) was prepared in collaboration with the distinguished Soviet musicologist Solomon Volkov. With the composer's consent, the manuscript was smuggled out of Soviet Russia - but Shostakovich, fearing reprisals, stipulated that the book should not appear until after his death.

Ever since its publication in 1979 it has been the subject of controversy, some suggesting that Volkov invented parts of it, but most affirming that it revealed a profoundly ambivalent Shostakovich which the world had never seen before - his life at once triumphant and tragic.

Either way, it remains indispensible to an understanding of Shostakovich's life and work. Testimony is intense and fiercely ironic, both plain-spoken and outspoken.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Biography/Autobiography
BISAC Subject 1
Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians
BIC Classification 1
Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups
BIC Classification 2
Biography: arts & entertainment
Dewey Classification
780.92
Readership
General (US: Trade)

Author Bio

Solomon Volkov is a musicologist and the author, most recently, of St. Petersburg: A Cultural History.

Review Quotes

"'I do not know of a musician who will not read it with compassion and admiration' Andre Previn"