Discover New Music is a music discovery service that gives you personalised recommendations based on the music you play.

Start your profile Close window

Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович


Everyone’s tags

More tags


St Petersburg, Russia (1906 – 1975)

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (Russian: Дми́трий Дми́триевич Шостако́вич, Dmitrij Dmitrievič Šostakovič) (September 25 [O.S. September 12] 1906, (St Petersburg, Russia) – August 9, 1975) was a Russian composer of the Soviet period.

After a period influenced by Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky (Symphony No. 1), Shostakovich switched to modernism (Symphony No. 2 and The Nose) before developing a hybrid of styles with the opera “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” and the ill-fated Fourth Symphony. This hybrid style ranged from the neo-classical (with Stravinskian influences) to the post-romantic music (with Mahlerian influences). His unique approach to tonality involved the use of modal scales and some astringent neo-classical harmonies à la Hindemith and Prokofiev. His music frequently includes sharp contrasts and elements of the grotesque.

Shostakovich prided himself on his orchestration, which is clear, economical, and well-projected. This aspect of Shostakovich’s technique owes more to Gustav Mahler than Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. His greatest works are generally considered to be his symphonies and string quartets, fifteen of each. His works for piano include 2 piano sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include two operas, six concertos, and a substantial quantity of film music.


Top Albums

Listening Trend

90,665listeners all time
586,934scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Start scrobbling and track your listening history users scrobble the music they play in iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and over 200 other music players.

Create a profile


Leave a comment. Log in to or sign up.
  • Aartmusic

    You know, I'm really autistic when it comes to having correct tags for all the artists, songs and albums in my music library. But I've decided for myself that I only allow the latin alphabet to my library and here's why. You guys play his music with his original name, but not with the original music titles and all what belongs to that (what kind, what tempo, which key). It's still a mess when you look at the top tracks right here. It's simply too hard to have all the tags right when you don't understand another alphabet. I'll just keep it Dmitri Shostakovich.

    10 Feb 4:27pm Reply
  • People20


    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead


    31 May 2014 Reply
  • govnistiy


    5 May 2013 Reply
  • Cranigen

    I wonder why there are a lot of streamable tracks with correct tags here.

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Fatemeh2


    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • BOECK39

    love his symphonies....

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • jcotteri


    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

    though there is merit in the core of the opinion, being physically ill over the latin alphabet smacks of terrible elitism.

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bschw

    besides the fact that Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович is the original spelling, it looks prettier than the english equivalent. the latin alphabet is so ugly it makes me sick. i wish the europeans would still use the ancient greek alphabet or would at least invent a new alphabet with less ugly letters.

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Menniti

    I don't care which way the name is written, as long as all the possible ways would be combined under the same name. Which they are not.

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • kanto_sho

    FLaC - In ITunes u can use cyrilic characters, use it in artist and write it your way in albumartist.

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
  • gartenkunst

    Salute, if you love the music of Dmitri Shostakovich and you have it somewhere in the top of your charts, you're invited to the Shostakovich-group: with best regards, П.

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Endzeitlager

    I don't give a fuck.

    4 Jun 2012 Reply
  • cogsturning

    @ Gherasim - so people should suggest a correction to the incorrect version? makes sense.

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • MrBrYcE

    i like diversity and learning. i guess the scrobbler for ipods needs an update ?

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Alexface21

    I have no problem reading Cyrillic characters, but any plays I have on my iPod won't scrobble if the artist's name uses them.

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Gherasim

    Everyone who doesn't like the cyrilic characters version, please use the 'Suggest a correction' feature (right under the 'More information' section). Thank you.

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ozi__

    FLaC - learn to cyrylic. It really isn't so difficult.

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • FLaC

    I know that writing the name with cyrilic characters is the right way, but if I listen to some russian mussicians, how will I know which one is each one?

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • All 87 shouts

Top Listeners