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New Shostakovich Studies from Ernst Kuhn Verlag

One of the most important musicological sources for Dmitri Shostakovich research is the series “studia slavica musicologica – Texte und Abhandlungen zur osteuropäischen Musik” (Texts and Essays on Eastern European Music) which now comprises 10 volumes of Shostakovich studies. The current volume issued by the German Shostakovich Society is entitled “Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Other Composers – Analyses and Studies”.

It contains lectures delivered at international musicological symposia organised by the German Shostakovich Society in the years 2005 and 2007. The texts are subdivided into the categories a.) Lied, b.) Film Music and c.) Studies and Analyses. Especially worth reading are the contributions “Frühe Transparenz – Schostakowitschs Lieder nach japanischen Dichtern” (Early Transparency - Shostakovich’s Lieder to Texts by Japanese Poets) by Gottfried Eberle, “Die Musik Schostakowitschs zum Film” (Music for Films by Shostakovich) by Dorothea Redepenning and “Die Kammermusik von Schostakowitsch” (The Chamber Music of Shostakovich) by Krzysztof Meyer. In the last-named article, Meyer makes the following statement:
“(..) Shostakovich also wanted his music to be played and known, and unlike a considerable group of composers of our century (Charles Ives would be named here), he considered an artistic compromise to be a better solution than isolation and being forgotten. (...)”

Analyses and Studies
German Shostakovich Society (ed.)
Ssm 54 studia slavica musicologica (Shostakovich Studies, Volume 10)
Verlag Ernst Kuhn – Berlin, 2014


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