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 now not played publicly till 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 appreciably assorted from its Soviet contemporaries by way of its constitution, dramaturgy, tone or even language, and consequently challenged the norms of Soviet symphonism at a vital degree of its improvement. With the backing of admired musicologists resembling Ivan Sollertinsky, the composer might realistically have anticipated the premier 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 ranking to notify a dialogue of tonal and thematic strategies, allusion, paraphrase and connection with musical forms, or intonations. Such research is decided deeply within the context of Soviet musical tradition through the interval 1932-36, regarding Shostakovich's contemporaries Shebalin, Myaskovsky, Kabalevsky and Popov. a brand new approach to research can be complicated the following, the place a number Soviet and Western analytical equipment are trained through the theoretical paintings of Shostakovich's contemporaries Viktor Shklovsky, Boris Tomashevsky, Mikhail Bakhtin and Ivan Sollertinsky, including Theodor Adorno's overdue examine of Mahler. during this method, the e-book will considerably bring up an knowing of the symphony and its context.

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