Week 5 February 15—Russian Symphonists
Shostakovich Symphony No. 7
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5
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The destinies of Shostakovich and Prokofiev were inextricably linked to the repressive Soviet regime under Stalin. Their compositions often had dramatic political ramifications. They both feared for their lives from criticism instigated by Stalin. Their natural modernist style was labeled "formalist." But even when they wrote in a more accessible style, they were labeled "deviant" or "vulgar." Nevertheless both Soviet and world audiences identified and thrilled to their works.
In eight evenings, we will explore their music and discuss these fascinating factors. Open to all curious music lovers; no previous knowledge of Shostakovich and Prokofiev or technical musical understanding is required.