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DSCH 10 – Monster (maybe): the Lover: the Winner

Josef Stalin died in March 1953; Shostakovich′s 10th Symphony was first performed in December of that year. The composer had been labouring under official (i.e. Stalin’s) censure for his ‘insanely sombre and neurotic’ music  since 1948 …

The audio file below deals with the final three movements of the work (remember to adjust the volume, if you need):

 

To read more about the Volkov/Testimony dispute: Testimony – the Volkov controversy

As I pointed out last week Dmitri Shostakovich’s musical signature (Example 1 below –you can hear it (twice) in its sound file) dominates the latter half of his 10th Symphony.

Example 1.

DSCH 2

also, you may find this useful…

Example 2.

ELMIRA

 

If you want to go straight to the Scherzo, it starts almost exactly 24 minutes in:

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