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Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович


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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.


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  • Cranigen

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

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
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  • BOECK39

    love his symphonies....

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
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  • 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
  • Schlafcraft

    Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович is the only correct way [15]

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Inci90

    Cyrillic is such a gorgeous alphabet.*

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