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The Year of 1936 ... Shostakovich and Stalin

Petrov Vladislav Olegovich

Doctor of Art History

Docent, the department of Theory and History of Music, Astrakhan State Conservatory

414000, Russia, Astrakhan, Sovetskaya Street 23






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The article focuses on the figure of Dmitry Shostakovich, the greatest composer of the twentieth century. The author explores contradictions of his creative heritage of the 1930s, when the composer was forced to make the so-called musicology compromises. These compromises were connected, first of all, with the desire to write the music and work in the genres that corresponded to emotionality of the composer. On the other hand, Shostakovich had to write "superficial" music to please the current political regime which followed every creative step of the composer. From a historical perspective the article considers the most controversial works of the 1930s, which were created in theatrical genres - the opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" and the ballet "the Limpid Stream". The historical approach required the use of sources of that time - fragments of articles from newspapers and magazines in which Shostakovich's name is mentioned from one or another perspective. This approach gives novelty to the topic under consideration. It is stated that music by Shostakovich will always be relevant regardless of the era in which mankind exists, and it will be a true testimony of the history of the twentieth century for the future generations.

Keywords: Lady Macbeth, Stalin, history of the twentieth, music and history, musicology, Shostakovich, Bright Creek, creative compromises, 20th century music, True
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