Autograph manuscript, signed. 2 pages (on one leaf). Folio. Dated March 3, 1963.+ Typewritten transcription in Russian. + Handwritten transcription in Danish. Enclosed issue of newspaper with the text printed. (4)
The Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich, renowned particularly for his 15 symphonies, numerous chamber works, and concerti, many of them written under the pressures of government-imposed standards of Soviet art.
“Dmitri Shostakovich was only ten years old when the Russian Revolution first broke out. A child of the Soviet era, he was forced to abide by the rules. The Party demanded that music be clear, tonal, and intelligible. No room for musical experimentation and anything resembling ”formalism".
Shostakovich obeyed, to a certain extent. In turn praised and censored by the Stalin regime, the composer spent his career in fear. He did not approve of Soviet politics, but was forced to keep quiet. And what he was unable to express through words, he expressed through his music. A music at times lyrical, sometimes ironic, biting, and even mocking."