By Malcolm Hamrick Brown
"A significant event.... This Casebook is not just approximately Volkov’s Testimony, it's approximately song previous and new within the twentieth century, in regards to the cultural legacy of 1 of that century’s such a lot extravagant social experiments, and what we need to research from them, not just what they must examine from us." —Caryl Emerson, Princeton University
In 1979, the alleged memoirs of mythical composer Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975) have been released as Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitry Shostakovich As on the topic of and Edited through Solomon Volkov. considering its visual appeal, despite the fact that, Testimony has been the point of interest of controversy in Shostakovich reports as doubts have been raised relating its authenticity and the function of its editor, Volkov, in developing the book.
A Shostakovich Casebook provides 25 essays, interviews, newspaper articles, and reviews—many newly to be had because the cave in of the Soviet Union—that evaluate the "case" of Shostakovich. as well as authoritatively reassessing Testimony’s genesis and reception, the authors during this booklet tackle problems with political impression on musical creativity and the function of the artist inside a totalitarian society. the world over recognized participants comprise Richard Taruskin, Laurel E. Fay, and Irina Antonovna Shostakovich, the composer’s widow. This quantity combines a balanced reconsideration of the Testimony controversy with an exam of what the talk indicates for all track historians, performers, and considerate listeners.
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6). ) Further, each of the first three pages of this chapter, pages 1 06 to 1 08, reveals signs of having been cut and pasted to accommodate the shifting of lines of text from page 108 ,to page 106. No typed page number appears on any of the pages (we would expect it to have been omitted on the first page but to appear in the top center of pages 1 07 and 1 08), because the original typed number has been cov- I Volkov's Testimony Reconsidered (2002) · , . ; "' . : a:ari:em;. ,,,.... ,, . ae1uw. a.
Book effectively disguises the chronology of the reminiscences and obscures the question-answer context in which the reminiscences were evoked in the first place. Volkov admits: "I had to resort to trickery: at every convenient point I drew parallels, awakening associations, reminding him of people and events" (p. xiv). One can only wonder at the extent of the "trickery. " Volkov also states: "He ·[Shostakovich] often contradicted himself. Then the true meaning of his words had to be guessed, extracted from a box with three false bottoms" (p.
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