I find myself cooking to this tune and my masterpiece is done with so much fervor and passion that I swear I can taste this fine masterpiece in the sauce! I think those old contemporaries would be secretly impressed yet outwardly critical.. ( lets not let the young know that they are good, they may become impressive...) you know how those old guys can be? Yet we love them all old and young still and they all hold their own unique place in our hearts. May the great young and old come together and make up a better world for us to live in!
In the emigre neighborhoods of the Western Pennsylvania steel country Shostakovich was deemed to be an apologist for the Soviet regime. That he was able to produce a body of work under the system is in itself amazing. I cannot help but wonder how those same contemporaries of my Grandparents would view him now.