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By Pauline Fairclough

ISBN-10: 1138264709

ISBN-13: 9781138264700

Composed in 1935-36 and meant to be his creative 'credo', Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony was once no longer played publicly till 1961. the following, Dr Pauline Fairclough tackles head-on some of the most major and least understood of Shostakovich's significant works. She argues that the Fourth Symphony was once noticeably varied from its Soviet contemporaries by way of its constitution, dramaturgy, tone or even language, and accordingly challenged the norms of Soviet symphonism at a very important level of its improvement. With the backing of popular musicologists comparable to Ivan Sollertinsky, the composer might realistically have anticipated the most suitable to have taken position, and will also have meant the symphony to be a version for a brand new type of 'democratic' Soviet symphonism. Fairclough meticulously examines the ranking to notify a dialogue of tonal and thematic methods, allusion, paraphrase and connection with musical kinds, or intonations. Such research is determined deeply within the context of Soviet musical tradition throughout the interval 1932-36, regarding Shostakovich's contemporaries Shebalin, Myaskovsky, Kabalevsky and Popov. a brand new approach to research can be complex right here, the place a variety of Soviet and Western analytical equipment are expert through the theoretical paintings of Shostakovich's contemporaries Viktor Shklovsky, Boris Tomashevsky, Mikhail Bakhtin and Ivan Sollertinsky, including Theodor Adorno's past due learn of Mahler. during this approach, the booklet will considerably raise an knowing of the symphony and its context.

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