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Shostakovich Reconsidered

Allan B. Ho

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ISBN 10: 0907689566 / ISBN 13: 9780907689560
Published by Toccata Press, 1998
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Title: Shostakovich Reconsidered

Publisher: Toccata Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1.

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Dmitry Shostakovich's memoirs, Testimony, `related to and edited by Solomon Volkov', have been the subject of fierce debate since their publication in 1979. Was Testimony a forgery, made up by an impudent impostor, or was it the deathbed confession of a bent, but unbroken, man? Even now, years after the fall of the communist regime, a coterie of well-placed Western musicologists have regularly raised objections to Testimony, hoping with each attack to undermine the picture of Shostakovich presented in his memoirs that of a man of enormous moral stature, bitterly disillusioned with the Soviet system.

Here, Allan Ho and Dmitry Feofanov systematically address all of the accusations levelled at Testimony and Solomon Volkov, Shostakovich's amanuensis, amassing an enormous amount of material about Shostakovich and his position in Soviet society and burying forever the picture of Shostakovich as a willing participant in the communist charade.

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ALLAN B. HO is a musicologist, DMITRY FEOFANOV a lawyer and pianist.

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