Music Born Of Fear Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5


INVESTIGATING specific compositional techniques Shostakovich uses can help us better understand his musical language.

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January 19, 2015

The string quartet was premiered 12 years later or so, so it could possibly have been a mockery of his final symphony movement. cara menghilangkan noda kunyit

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February 2, 2011
Yes, of course, the tempo for the coda makes a difference. The slower version (I have Neemi Jarvi recording) states the whole meaning of the symphony. What MTT calls the "dead end" motif, I think of as Shostakovich's protests (Wait! Wait! What's happening here is all wrong!!!) sometimes under his breath, but right in your face in the coda. If this passage is played fast, the protest--the irony--gets lost in the celebratory finale. The "celebration" lets the symphony end on an up beat of hope for the future--surely God must end this some time. But if there is mere celebration here, it is too pat and the 3rd movement pathos--suffering, despair at the outrages against the Russian people is cheapened, lost.
April 22, 2010
It's a relief to finally find some accessible professional opinion on this coda. I first fell in love with this piece listening to Maxim Shostakovich's recording with the USSR Symphony, and he takes the ending at about the same pace as MTT, and to me it is the only way the piece makes any sense. I'd like to think that Maxim may have had some inside information on how the ending of the work was supposed to be played. To me, the fast ending utterly misses the point of the entire symphony. In Maxim's interpretation, the brass leading up to the coda and the trumpet's final lines are brought to the utmost level of tension, and it fills the listener with the fullest aggregate emotions built from the opening bar of the first movement. Every time I hear a conductor suddenly galloping away like a horse after the intense buildup before the coda I'm filled with disappointment.
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