Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Shostakovich: Overcoming Silence

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Department

Music Department

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

20th century composer Dmitri Shostakovich lived in Russia during the Communist regime. Under the Soviet government, his musical voice was often stifled due to political censorship. Our research examines his third string quartet, which he wrote shortly after the Second World War. Originally written with an overt mention of war, he later had to remove the titles of the movement due to governmental pressures. We specifically focus on the way Shostakovich used musical form and intention to express himself musically in spite of the toxic political environment. We maintain that we have much to learn from Shostakovich in our day about how to overcome a silenced voice.

Location

Room 101

Start Date

4-10-2019 1:30 PM

End Date

4-10-2019 2:45 PM

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Shostakovich: Overcoming Silence

Room 101

20th century composer Dmitri Shostakovich lived in Russia during the Communist regime. Under the Soviet government, his musical voice was often stifled due to political censorship. Our research examines his third string quartet, which he wrote shortly after the Second World War. Originally written with an overt mention of war, he later had to remove the titles of the movement due to governmental pressures. We specifically focus on the way Shostakovich used musical form and intention to express himself musically in spite of the toxic political environment. We maintain that we have much to learn from Shostakovich in our day about how to overcome a silenced voice.