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The Resource Music for silenced voices : Shostakovich and his fifteen quartets, Wendy Lesser

Music for silenced voices : Shostakovich and his fifteen quartets, Wendy Lesser

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Music for silenced voices : Shostakovich and his fifteen quartets
Title
Music for silenced voices
Title remainder
Shostakovich and his fifteen quartets
Statement of responsibility
Wendy Lesser
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
Most previous books about Dmitri Shostakovich have focused on either his symphonies and operas, or his relationship to the regime under which he lived, or both, since these large-scale works were the ones that attracted the interest and sometimes the condemnation of the Soviet authorities. Music for Silenced Voices looks at Shostakovich through the back door, as it were, of his fifteen quartets, the works which his widow characterized as a "diary, the story of his soul." The silences and the voices were of many kinds, including the political silencing of adventurous writers, artists, and musicians during the Stalin era; the lost voices of Shostakovich's operas (a form he abandoned just before turning to string quartets); and the death-silenced voices of his close friends, to whom he dedicated many of these chamber works. Wendy Lesser has constructed a fascinating narrative in which the fifteen quartets, considered one at a time in chronological order, lead the reader through the personal, political, and professional events that shaped Shostakovich's singular, emblematic twentieth-century life. Weaving together interviews with the composer's friends, family, and colleagues, as well as conversations with present-day musicians who have played the quartets, Lesser sheds new light on the man and the musician. One of the very few books about Shostakovich that is aimed at a general rather than an academic audience, Music for Silenced Voices is a pleasure to read; at the same time, it is rigorously faithful to the known facts in this notoriously complicated life. It will fill readers with the desire to hear the quartets, which are among the most compelling and emotionally powerful monuments of the past century's music
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Lesser, Wendy
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • discographies
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  • Shostakovich, Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich
  • String quartet
  • MUSIC
  • MUSIC
  • String quartet
Label
Music for silenced voices : Shostakovich and his fifteen quartets, Wendy Lesser
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-337) and index
  • Includes discography (pages 339-340)
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online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Elegy -- Serenade -- Intermezzo -- Nocturne -- Funeral march -- Epilogue
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ocn707924293
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unknown
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1 online resource (xv, 350 pages)
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online
Isbn
9780300171785
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Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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JSTOR
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  • 22573/ctt113b87
  • f073d956-5792-4fec-a8c5-ae6551381324
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)707924293
Label
Music for silenced voices : Shostakovich and his fifteen quartets, Wendy Lesser
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-337) and index
  • Includes discography (pages 339-340)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Elegy -- Serenade -- Intermezzo -- Nocturne -- Funeral march -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn707924293
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 350 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300171785
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt113b87
  • f073d956-5792-4fec-a8c5-ae6551381324
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)707924293

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