A Shostakovich Casebook
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A Shostakovich Casebook

Edited by Malcolm Hamrick Brown
Distribution: World
Publication date: 7/26/2005
Format: paper 424 pages, 20 b&w illus.
6.25 x 9.5
ISBN: 978-0-253-21823-0
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“The book . . . includes . . . valuable essays and interviews, which move beyond the scholarly controversy to sketch a nuanced picture of Shostakovich’s life under a totalitarian regime. . . . The ‘Casebook’ contributors compellingly warn of replacing one mask with another, one black-and-white myth with its simple inversion.” —New York Times

“. . . an important and readable collection. . . . It presents a devastating critique of Volkov’s claims and scholarly practices in Testimony.” —New York Review of Books

A Shostakovich Casebook brings together 25 essays, interviews, newspaper articles, and reviews—many newly available since the collapse of the Soviet Union—to create a volume of essential reading and cutting-edge scholarship in Russian music studies. The contributors include Malcolm H. Brown, Laurel Fay, Irina Antonovna Shostakovich, and Richard Taruskin.

Author Bio

Malcolm Hamrick Brown, a world-renowned authority on Russian and Soviet music, is the founding editor of the Russian Music Studies series at Indiana University Press.


"[A Shostakovich Casebook] presents the views of respected individuals, some of whom knew Dmitri Dmitrievich personally. I believe their opinions are very important, and I am grateful for their publication in this boo" —Mstislav Rostropovich

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Table of Contents

Part One
1. Shostakovich versus Volkov
2. Volkov's Testimony Reconsidered
Part Two
3. A Side-by-Side Comparison of Texts from Testimony with Their Original Sources
4. A Pitiful Fake
5. The Bedbug
6. The Official Dossier
7. Notes from the Soviet Archives on Volkov's Testimony
8. An Episode in the Life of a Book
9. An Answer to Those Who Still Abuse Shostakovich
10. On Solomon Volkov and Testimony
11. The Regime and Vulgarity
12. Shostakovich's World is Our World
13. Shostakovich Remembered
Part Three
14. A Link in the Chain
15. Aperspective on Soviet Musical Culture during the Lifetime of Shostakovich
16. The Latest "New Shostakovich"
17. Dialogues about Shostakovich
Part Four
18. Ian MacDonald's The New Shostakovich
19. Elizabeth Wilson's Shostakovich
20. A Response to Papers by Allan Ho and Dmitri Feofanov
21. Whose Shostakovich?
22. The Shostakovich Variations
23. Shostakovich
24. Laurel Fay's Shostakovich
25. When Serious Music Mattered
Selected Bibliography