The Reception of Shostakovich’s Music
Thursday, April 15, 202112:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
A lecture with Vladimir Orlov (Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny) of St. Petersburg University)
It is well-known that Joseph Stalin, leader of the USSR, left the performance of Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District in great outrage in 1936, which was followed with the first serious attack against Shostakovich. But underneath this, what was the real perception of the communist ideology by the composer? Did he actually stay aloof (like Andrei Volkonsky), comply cynically (like Sergei Prokofiev) or genuinely believe in it (like Alexander Davidenko)?
The lecture will discuss Shostakovich's examples of Soviet music, namely his ballets (The Bolt, The Golden Age), operas and other compositions and their up-and-down reception by the Soviet public and officialdom.
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