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Dmitri Shostakovich 's String Quartet No. The piece was written shortly after two traumatic events in the life of the composer: the first presentation of debilitating muscular weakness Sometimes - The Ricky C Quartet - Recent Affairs would eventually be diagnosed as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and his reluctant joining of the Communist Party.
According to Tant QuIl Y A De La Musique Dans Lair - Nicole Croisille - Olympia 78 score, it is dedicated "to the victims of fascism and the war "; his son Maxim interprets this as a reference to the victims of all totalitarianismwhile his daughter Galina says that he dedicated it to himself, and that the published dedication was imposed by the Russian authorities.
Shostakovich's friend, Lev Lebedinskysaid that Shostakovich thought of the work as his epitaph and that he planned to commit suicide around this time. Rabinowitz has also pointed to covert references to Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen in the Eighth Quartet. The quartet was premiered in in Leningrad by the Beethoven Quartet. In the liner notes of the Borodin Quartet 's recording, music critic Erik Smith writes, "The Borodin Quartet played this work to the composer at his Moscow home, hoping for his criticisms.
But Shostakovich, overwhelmed by this beautiful realisation of his most personal feelings, buried his head in Sometimes - The Ricky C Quartet - Recent Affairs hands and wept. When they had finished playing, the four musicians quietly packed up their instruments and stole out of the room.
The quartet, extremely compact and focused, is in five interconnected movements and lasts about 20 minutes:. This slow, extremely sad Let The Sunshine In - Arthur Fiedler / Boston Pops* - Solid Gold can also be heard in his Cello Concerto No.
The motif is used in every movement of this quartet, and is the basis of the faster theme of the third movement. The work is filled with quotations of other pieces by Shostakovich: the first movement quotes his Symphony No.
The fifth contains a play upon another motif from Lady Macbeth. Rudolf Barshai transcribed the quartet for string orchestra, in which version it is known as Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. This quartet is heavily referenced in William T. Vollmann 's novel Europe Centraland a central part of that novel discusses its writing and the composer's life under the Soviet system. The fourth movement of the quartet is used extensively in The Lobstera film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Largo Allegro molto Allegretto Largo Largo. Glikman; pp. Retrieved Sometimes - The Ricky C Quartet - Recent Affairs December Retrieved 6 January But Shostakovich, overwhelmed by this beautiful realization of his most personal feelings, buried his head in his hands and wept. Dmitri Shostakovich. Piano Concerto No. Portal:Classical music. String quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich. Two Pieces for String Quartet No.
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