A Shostakovich Casebook

A Shostakovich Casebook

Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/17/2005
Format: Paperback 14 b&w photos, 6 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21823-0
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Winner of the 2005 Deems Taylor award for the article,"Volokov's Testimony Reconsidered" by Laurel E. Fay

A major event.... This Casebook is not only about Volkov’s Testimony, it is about music old and new in the 20th century, about the cultural legacy of one of that century’s most extravagant social experiments, and what we have to learn from them, not only what they ought to learn from us." —Caryl Emerson, Princeton University

In 1979, the alleged memoirs of legendary composer Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975) were published as Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitry Shostakovich As Related to and Edited by Solomon Volkov. Since its appearance, however, Testimony has been the focus of controversy in Shostakovich studies as doubts were raised concerning its authenticity and the role of its editor, Volkov, in creating the book.

A Shostakovich Casebook presents 25 essays, interviews, newspaper articles, and reviews—many newly available since the collapse of the Soviet Union—that review the "case" of Shostakovich. In addition to authoritatively reassessing Testimony’s genesis and reception, the authors in this book address issues of political influence on musical creativity and the role of the artist within a totalitarian society. Internationally known contributors include Richard Taruskin, Laurel E. Fay, and Irina Antonovna Shostakovich, the composer’s widow. This volume combines a balanced reconsideration of the Testimony controversy with an examination of what the controversy signifies for all music historians, performers, and thoughtful listeners.

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.

Reviews

“". . . 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 book." —Mstislav Rostropovich “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. . . " —New York Times “. . . an important and readable collection. . . . ” —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.”

“Presents 25 essays, interviews, newspaper articles, and reviews—many newly available since the collapse of the Soviet Union—that review the “case” of Shostakovich. “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] 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 book." — Mstislav Rostropovich”

“[A]n engaging and enlightening anthology . . . .64.4 Winter 2005”
 — SLAVIC REVIEW

“[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

“[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

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments
Notes on Transliteration and on Translation
Introduction

Part I.

1. Shostakovich versus Volkov: Whose Testimony? (1980)
Laurel E. Fay

2. Volkov's Testimony Reconsidered (2002)
Laurel E. Fay

Part II.

3. A Side-By-Side Comparison of Texts from Testimony With Their Original Sources

4. A Pitiful Forgery: About the So-Called "Memoirs" of D. D. Shostakovich (1979)
(A letter to the editor of the newspaper Literaturnaia gazeta)

5. The Bedbug (1979)
(An editorial published in the newspaper Literaturnaia gazeta) (1979)

6. The Official Dossier (1979)
(A news item published in the newspaper Literaturnaia gazeta)

7. Notes from the Soviet Archives on Volkov's Testimony (1995)
Alla Bogdanova

8. An Episode in the Life of a Book: An Interview with Henry Orlov (2000)
Ludmila Kovnatskaya

9. An Answer to Those Who Still Abuse Shostakovich (2000)
Irina Shostakovich

10. On Solomon Volkov and Testimony (1988; 1997)
Boris Tishchenko

11. The Regime and Vulgarity (1999)
Elena Basner

12. Shostakovich's World is Our World (1998)
Mistislav Rostropovich Talks With Manashir Yakubov

13. Shostakovich Remembered: Interviews With His Soviet Colleagues (1992)
Irina Nikolskaya


Part III.

14. A Link in the Chain: Reflections on Shostakovich and His Times (1976)
Henry Orlov

15. A Perspective on Soviet Musical Culture During the Lifetime of Shostakovich
(1998)
Levon Hakobian

16. The Latest "New Shostakovich" (2000)
Levon Hakobian

17. Dialogues About Shostakovich: From the History of Russian Studies About Shostakovich (2002)
Ludmila Kovnatskaya

Part IV.

18. Ian MacDonald's The New Shostakovich (1993)
Malcolm Hamrick Brown

19. Elizabeth Wilson's Shostakovich: A Life Remembered (1996)
Malcolm Hamrick Brown

20.