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By Pauline Fairclough

ISBN-10: 0754650162

ISBN-13: 9780754650164

Composed in 1935-36 and meant to be his creative 'credo', Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony was once now not played publicly until eventually 1961. the following, Dr Pauline Fairclough tackles head-on essentially the most major and least understood of Shostakovich's significant works. She argues that the Fourth Symphony was once substantially assorted from its Soviet contemporaries when it comes to its constitution, dramaturgy, tone or even language, and for this reason challenged the norms of Soviet symphonism at a very important level of its improvement. With the backing of admired musicologists equivalent to Ivan Sollertinsky, the composer may perhaps realistically have anticipated the most effective to have taken position, and should also have meant the symphony to be a version for a brand new type of 'democratic' Soviet symphonism. Fairclough meticulously examines the rating to notify a dialogue of tonal and thematic procedures, allusion, paraphrase and connection with musical varieties, or intonations. Such research is decided deeply within the context of Soviet musical tradition through the interval 1932-36, concerning Shostakovich's contemporaries Shebalin, Myaskovsky, Kabalevsky and Popov. a brand new approach to research can also be complex the following, the place quite a number Soviet and Western analytical equipment are educated via the theoretical paintings of Shostakovich's contemporaries Viktor Shklovsky, Boris Tomashevsky, Mikhail Bakhtin and Ivan Sollertinsky, including Theodor Adorno's past due research of Mahler. during this approach, the publication will considerably raise an knowing of the symphony and its context.

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