Ebook Свидетельство Reading online – TXT, Kindle and Epub Read

Characters Свидетельство

'A terrifying and unhappy book' The GuardianThis astounding self portrait covering the whole of Shostakovich's life 1906 1975 was prepared in collaboration with the distinguished Soviet musicologist Solomon Volkov With the composer's consent the manuscript was smuggled out. This was amazing We are often told of a composer s thought process in school but here we can get at the words of the man himself And they are extraordinary words There s really very little in here that is self congratulatory or egotistical The writings reveal a very humble and hardworking man who was deeply tormented by the state of affairs of his mother country in the era of StalinAmusingly he even met the man several times He was in constant fear of being censored and shot just like every other artist of the time But he also didn t play the flattery game didn t go in for politicsjust worked It s a miracle he outlived Stalin especially considering how full of satire and even anger much of his works were toward his own government He has no kind words for Stalin in this book In fact it s packed with intensely horrific descriptions of the man not his physical appearance but his soulThough with all of the darkness in this man s life story and indeed his memoirs they are not without humor Sometimes he recalls an anticdote from one of his friends colleagues or rivals Sometimes he just rattles off a hilarious little joke This book is brutally honest about human nature but you ll also have some fun with it And you ll gain a hell of a lot of insight into the man s works of course

Free read ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ó Dmitri Shostakovich

Свидетельство

A profoundly ambivalent Shostakovich which the world had never seen before his life at once triumphant and tragicEither way it remains indispensible to an understanding of Shostakovich's life and work Testimony is intense and fiercely ironic both plain spoken and outspoken. The story of the creation and emergence of Testimony is one of high drama In these memoirs Dmitri Shostakovich the musical titan whom the Russians presented to the world as the personification of their ideal in the arts reveals himself as a profoundly tormented man deeply ambivalent in his feelings about himself and his roleFor some four years before Shostakovich s death working first in Leningrad and then in Moscow the brilliant young Soviet musicologist Solomon Volkov drew forth from Shostakovich memories whose publication the composer came to see as mandatory I must do this I must he said to Volkov who took down these recollections and then shaped and edited them retaining always Shostakovich s idiosyncratic patterns of recall and abrupt personal voice The composer read approved and signed each section when Volkov completed his work He consented to the manuscript s being published in the West and imposed only one condition that it not appear until after his deathShostakovich calls these recollections the testimony of an eyewitness and brings an eyewitness s immediacy to this series of associative reminiscences which range over the full length of his life from before the Revolution through the ill fated thaw which followed Khrushchev s denunciation of Stalin Scenes spring to life as if the reader were present at them astonishing and courageous conversations with Stalin the uproarious competition to create a new national anthem in which Shostakovich joined forces with Khachaturian the fabrication of false geniuses the ubiuity of plagiarism He recalls musicians artists and writers whom he knew Prokofiev Stravinsky Glazunov Meyerhold Akhmatova and many others at the center of Russian culture He speaks out passionately against the anti Semitism rife in all levels of society He writes with mordant wit about individuals prominent and obscure who danced to the changing tunes of those in powerHe had never let any of this be known publicly before and the picture that emerges of what it was like to be a creative artist in the Soviet Union is moving and often harrowingThis was a life and an art Dostoevskian in its emotions and these memoirs are plain spoken and outspoken sardonic and powerful a Shostakovich the world has never seen before and a life that was at once triumphant and tragicThis was recommended by my university music prof and I don t remember the context for it I don t remember if it was for the insights into Shostakovich s music or the insights into the Russian political situation at the time or just because it s a great read but it was great for all three of those things I don t normally even read prefaces but I did read this one and I was sold by the end of it The realization that the book you re holding in your hands actually had to be smuggled out from behind the Iron Curtain in the fairly recent history in order to be published at all and that at least one person who helped with this smuggling couldn t be named even at the time of publication in the 70s is enough to get you interested What follows doesn t disappointIt s not a biography in the traditional linear sense but rather as the blurb suggest is just reminiscences Volkov just got Shostakovich talking and went with what came out It did start around his childhood but once he hit adulthood there was little or no real chronological order to anything But that didn t make it any less engaging or anything It was really uite fascinating Obviously by now we all know that Stalin was pretty much a tyrannical whackjob but even we don t really realize the extent of it This helps to make some of it clearer A good example is in the footnotes Volkov has included helpful footnotes any time Shostakovich mentions a new name especially one that s not necessarily familiar to Western readers A staggering number of them include some variation of the following Stalin had him shot It s a little crazy to realize that artists could be killed in the middle of the night because Stalin hadn t liked their latest creation Frankly it s amazing Shostakovich didn t just disappear some night because Stalin had all kinds of nasty things to say about his work Shostakovich spent much of his life wondering every night if this was the night Which is kind of interesting because while one certainly wouldn t want to live in a society like that there is a tiny part of every artist I think that thinks that it must almost be nice to have a government that cares enough about art to have people shot over itShostakovich didn t really like to talk about himself so much of this book is about others but some of the most powerful bits are the parts where he actually does let the wall down a bit and talk about himself The anti Semitism he opposed for example When he starts talking about that and his feelings about the oppression of the Jews and people in general and Russia as a whole it really was very moving His frustrations with the way his music was received or interpreted are also very interestingAll in all it really was a great read well worth it to anyone studying Russian history or Russian music but just as worth it for mere interest If nothing else it made me want to listen to Shostakovich and look into some of the obscure Russian composers he talked about

Dmitri Shostakovich ó 8 Free download

Of Soviet Russia but Shostakovich fearing reprisals stipulated that the book should not appear until after his deathEver since its publication in 1979 it has been the subject of controversy some suggesting that Volkov invented parts of it but most affirming that it revealed. I give Shostakovich himself 5 stars but I can only give this 3 because of the sketchy circumstances under which it was written Really I have no idea what the truth is at this point but certainly enough people have talked about it The idea is that Solomon Volkov may have made up a lot of it but even if it was stuff Shostakovich said it was at the very end of his life when he was really cranky and in a lot of pain I would say depressing stuff I didn t mean in that case too So although it s an interesting read from a historical debate standpoint don t take it as the gospel truth from The Man Himself


10 thoughts on “Свидетельство

  1. says:

    Ah I read this long ago borrowed from the town centre library which was located at a convenient middish point between school and home At the time I listened to a fair bit of Shostakovich mostly symphonies and thought he was the bee's knees view spoiler here I am already at risk of anticipating myself by mentioning Montaigne hide spoiler

  2. says:

    This was amazing We are often told of a composer's thought process in school but here we can get at the words of the man himself And they are extraordinary words There's really very little in here that is self congratulatory or egotistical The writings reveal a very humble and hardworking man who was deeply tormented by the state of affairs of his mother country in the era of StalinAmusingly he even met the man several times He was in co

  3. says:

    This is an insightful look into the nature history and past of one of classical music's most mysterious figures Volkov's picture of Shostakovich is bright and forthcoming and after the reading of Testimony one can walk away feeling as if they

  4. says:

    I give Shostakovich himself 5 stars but I can only give this 3 because of the sketchy circumstances under which it was written Really I have no idea what the truth is at this point but certainly enough people hav

  5. says:

    I've read this one a few times Astonishing chronicle of the life of a great artist during the Soviet era I know the book has been ca

  6. says:

    sad and compelling controversial and confrontational well written words about shostakovich heartbreakingly true and beautiful

  7. says:

    Can music attack evil? Can it make men stop and think? Can it cry out and thereby draw men’s attention to various vile acts to which he has become accustomed? to the things he passes without any interest?Shostakovich spent a large part of his creative life in the oppressive environment with which Stalin blanketed the Soviet Union That he managed to endure is an impressive accomplishment; that he managed to write such passionate uplifting

  8. says:

    The story of the creation and emergence of Testimony is one of high drama In these memoirs Dmitri Shostakovich the musical titan whom the Russians presented to the world as the personification of their ideal in the arts reveals himself as a profoundly tormented man deeply ambivalent in his feelings about himself and his r

  9. says:

    This is not an autobiography but memoirs about the people among whom Shostakovich associated from fellow musicians and filmmakers an

  10. says:

    Shostakovich had a sad life He said at the end of the book every day of my life brings no joy He knew a lot of talented and importan

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *