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

Musical Precedent

WHILE SHOSTAKOVICH was understandably circumspect about stating what he really meant in this piece, composers in less threatening situations have been more forthcoming about their intentions. Studying comparable examples from works where we know what the composer was saying can help us decipher Shostakovich’s own message.

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November 24, 2009
On the Shostakovich, you should play the part that immediately follows it. That makes the intent clearer.
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