The Gadfly, op.97a: Romance (5:53)

Cover of The Gadfly - Five Days - Five Nights

From The Gadfly - Five Days - Five Nights

Dmitri Shstakovich wrote the whole Suite of this music for the Russian movie adaptation of the Ethel Lilian Voynich book ‘The Gadfly‘, that movie being released in 1955, and rarely, if at all, seen outside of Russia. The author Ethel Voynich was in fact a short term Mistress of Sidney Reilly, who ‘bared his soul’ to her during the affair. Voynich then composed a fictional novel based loosely around the life of Sidney Reilly. There is the usual conjecture that both novels on Reilly, the fictional book by Voynich, and the factual account by Lockhart are in fact not all that close to the actual life of Reilly, but the two books, and the Shostakovich music are closely bound together, and the fact that this Shostakovich piece of music was used for the BBC mini series has probably escaped a lot of people.

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