Shostakovich: A Coded Life in Music by Brian Morton

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"A model biographical sketch"  The Guardian

The most popular Soviet composer of his generation and the last great classical symphonist, Dmitri Shostakovich was at first highly praised by Stalin, but his career quickly became mired in contradiction and anger.

Subjected to a brutalising and unpredictable relationship with Stalin and his successors, Shostakovich found his life and career hanging in the balance as he navigated the pressures of increasing public popularity, artistic integrity, and the stylistic obligations of the Soviet regime.

Brian Morton exposes the composer’s true qualities, delineating the coded meanings of his work and stripping back context, speculation, and obfuscation to celebrate his inherent musical genius. Alongside this musical analysis, Morton tells the extraordinary story of how this meticulous, courageous, and prolific composer survived the constant threats of public life under Russian Communism.