Russian Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) was a Soviet composer who continued in the Mahlerian tradition of late Romantic lyricism and acerbic irony. He is particularly known for his cycles of fifteen symphonies and string quartets.
Biography, complete files offered in MIDI, MP3, and Windows Media audio formats, including live recordings of featured artists.
MIDI excerpts from several works, photograph and subjective mini-biography.
Biography, recommended published biographies and scores, CD reviews, list of works and links.
An essay on his life and works of approximately 1500 words.
Focus on Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony, with extracts in RealAudio and an imagined "screenplay" to be read while listening to the music. Also provides background on the composition, life chronology, photograph and links.
Brief biography, selected works, quotes, recommended recordings and readings, photograph, chronology, related articles, and links from Humanities Web.
Selected articles from the international Shostakovich journal, reviews of CDs, books and films, concert calendar, events and links.
Electronic mailing list for discussion of Shostakovich and other Russian composers. Access to archives since 1997.
Brief biography, youthful photograph, and pictures of his grave with virtual memorial and cemetery information.
Filmography noting films he scored or that use his works plus mini-biography and Oscar nomination.
Details of performances, recordings and other events regarding this symphonic ensemble, currently embarked on a complete cycle of Shostakovich's symphonies. Includes programme notes and Shostakovich-related articles.
Biography, list of major works and two photographs.
List of scores available from this music publisher.
Biographical sketch, caricature, and summaries of his stage works and his orchestral, choral and vocal, chamber, and piano music with Naxos discography.
MIDI files of 24 Preludes and Fugues op. 87 and transcriptions of this and other contrapuntal works, plus portrait.
Complete Shostakovich opus list with CD releases, bibliography, pictures and mp3 excerpts from symphonies. Also provides information on more than 130 other Soviet composers.
Fan page with brief illustrated introduction, photographs from the 1999 Chicago Shostakovich festival and pictures of the composer.
Controversial site that attacks the authenticity of Testimony and the revisionist interpretation of the composer's life and work.
On the "Music under Soviet rule" website created by the late Ian MacDonald. Articles, interviews, CD and book reviews, and links, with a strong focus on the Testimony debate.
Directory of mp3s that have been made available by their performing artists.
Article focusing on an English-language version of Cheryomushki by Opera North.
Lyrics to individual vocal works and cycles. Includes Cyrillic and transliterated Russian plus selected translations.
The complete Twenty-four Preludes and Fugues in MIDI format.
Encyclopedia entry discussing the composer's life and works, and the political controversies surrounding him, plus links to audio files.
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